Egypt is a fascinating place. Aside from its ancient temples, tombs in deserts and the Great Pyramids of Giza, its capital city, Cairo, has a thriving fashion scene. The city is home to an accomplished pool of Egyptian fashion designers that deserve their spot in the international limelight. Among the polished assemblage, some of them have ventured into the craft of bespoke couture gowns while others delved into designing a more fashion-forward line of bags or apparels.

By injecting their culture into their creations, these designers are not only able to make a name for themselves outside of their country, but also put Egyptian fashion on the world map.

Temraza
Temraza's Rise of the Pharaohs SS 2017 collection (Photo credit: Temraza)
Temraza's The Legacy Returns SS 2019 collection (Photo credit: Temraza)

Since Creative Director and brand founder Farida Temraz’s debut for her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection during Paris Fashion Week, the label quickly rose to fame. Her opulent Egyptian fabrication, touches of gold, and use of drapery managed to capture the hearts of many. The gowns are a balanced combination of opposites, boasting sleek construction paired with panels, though the brand also often pays homage to its cultural roots by seeking inspiration from ancient Pharaohs. Temraza also offers beautifully sewn looks that are both empowering and feminine at the same time.

Check out more from Temraza here.

Kojak
Kojak Studio campaign collection shot (Photo credit: Kojak Studio)
Kojak Studio campaign collection shot (Photo credit: Kojak Studio)

Fashion designer Mohanad Kojak’s semi-couture creations exude a contemporary vibe, constructed with the techniques of a couturier. What started as a small passion grew steadily into an empire that Kojak established through his impeccable dressmaking skills. He also enjoys combining unexpected elements like soft tulle with sturdy gold embellishments for his gowns. His designs are mostly structural, often heavily embroidered with sequins, embellishments and beading — exquisite and full of grandeur.

Check out more from Kojak here.

Zaam Designs
Zaam Designs Polyroque Rebirth collection (Photo credit: Zaam Designs)
Zaam Designs PLY Collection (Photo credit: Zaam Designs)

Since the launch of Zaam Designs in 2012, Egyptian designer Ahmed Azzam has been designing leather bags and clutches with a luxe yet vintage finish. Every bag is crafted and made in Zaam Designs’ workshop in Cairo to ensure that each piece is of pristine form and quality. The pieces are recognised for their angular and sturdy silhouettes, finished with Zaam Designs’ signature adornment of gold-plated brass detailing or its golden peacock logo — the perfect blend of a modern design with a heritage feel.

Check out more from Zaam Designs here.

Norine Farah
Norine Farah The Wallflower SS2016 collection (Photo credit: Norine Farah)
Norine Farah The Mate 8 collection SS2016 (Photo credit: Norine Farah)

Egyptian fashion designer Norine Farah’s journey in fashion is an exciting one. After her eponymous fashion line showed at the Cairo Fashion Festival in 2014, Farah was nominated to represent Egypt in the World Fashion Week in Paris and was even nominated as Huawei Egypt’s brand ambassador shortly after. Apart from her long printed summery dresses, Farah’s designs also include custom-embellished gowns and body-hugging looks. She has also since ventured into jewellery and swimwear designing.

Check out more from Norine Farah here.

Okhtein
Okhtein campaign collection shoot (Photo credit: Okhtein)
Okhtein Palmette Oval Minaudière bag (Photo credit: Okhtein)

The brand Okhtein, which translates to “sisters” in Arabic, is founded by siblings Aya and Mounaz Abdelraouf. Designed in various embossed leather and crafted in brass, Okhtein bags embody the art of craftsmanship and Egyptian artistry. With high profile fans the likes of Beyoncé, Gigi Hadid and Kris Jenner, Okhtein is steadily making its way to becoming the next designer must-have ‘It’ bag.

Check out more from Okhtein here.

Maison Yeya
Yellow couture gown from Maison Yeya FW 2019 collection (Photo credit: Maison Yeya)
Maison Yeya Lumière Céleste SS 2019 collection (Photo credit: Maison Yeya)

One of the more prominent names among Egyptian fashion designers, Yasmine Yeya of Maison Yeya impresses with her unique gown designs. Her creations feature sculpted drapes and polished workmanship, constructed in luxurious bridal textiles such as duchess satins and silk chiffons. A couple of her designs were also featured in prestigious publications like Vogue — a stamp of affirmation to her masterpieces. After launching a few gown collections, Maison Yeya grew a huge following and is now known to be one of Egypt’s top bridal couture brand.

Check out more from Maison Yeya here.

Josiah Chua
Fashion Director
Josiah is the Fashion Director in charge of styling shoots and writing the fashion pages. On his days off, he locks himself at home designing and sewing up a collection in preparation for his label's runway debut.