Qatar’s first male fashion designer leads cultural change and inspires a generation

SCENES shines a highlight on youth about the world that are breaking down obstacles and…

Qatar’s first male fashion designer leads cultural change and inspires a generation

SCENES shines a highlight on youth about the world that are breaking down obstacles and generating modify. The character-pushed brief films will encourage and amaze, as these young transform-makers tell their extraordinary tales.

Fahad Al Obaidly is creative in the literal perception of the term. The style designer-mentor speaks the language of creativity and expresses himself as a result of art in his homeland, Qatar. Fahad’s passion can be noticed at just about every move of his complete portfolio of work.

A curiosity for manner

“My enthusiasm for fashion commenced when I was seriously youthful,” Fahad describes to Scenes. He remembers television’s impact on his mom, which led her to be much more innovative with her layouts. “All of us were being obsessed with Mexican Tv reveals and my mum was really fascinated with the dresses,” states Fahad. “I bear in mind she was sitting down and sketching each individual costume very quickly so she could make it locally.”

This course of action would spark a creative curiosity in Fahad. He puzzled why his mom would go to this kind of great lengths for her apparel. “Producing those dresses is her very own way of expressing her identification as a woman.” This gave Fahad the inspiration to master far more. “For me, it was crucial to research style and genuinely establish my expertise from a complex position of perspective.”

Subsequent his style studies, Fahad wanted professional knowledge. Sadly, there are no male style designers in Qatar. “Our location was challenging to plug into,” Fahad recollects of his early vocation.

Owing to a absence of other alternatives, he was compelled to leave Qatar and shift to Europe. For six yrs, he travelled by way of Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Turkey and Paris. His closing stop was at The Institute Marangoni in Milan, one of the country’s most influential manner faculties, exactly where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in vogue structure.

As an not known designer in Europe, Fahad experienced to start from the ground up. “I threw myself into Malta. I was organising trend exhibits there, not as the organiser, but as an assistant.”

Learning the ropes

After within the market, the really hard operate started. Fahad was ready to acquire a far better knowing of how international manner operates. “Operating with an atelier as a pattern maker seriously aided me thrust myself and acquire my professionalism,” claims Fahad.

Fahad returned to Qatar in 2014 and introduced his menswear brand name ‘Fahad Al Obaidly’, also identified as FAO. Getting to make a residing as an up-and-coming designer had its issues. However, he always centered on what he beloved. “I retained my money for dwelling or acquiring cloth,” states Fahad. “It genuinely assisted me when I arrived back to Doha to understand that this market is pure business enterprise and not a luxurious and way of life business,” he provides.

“I did my very first fashion show without the need of even getting a label, even a brand,” Fahad recounts. In spite of getting no enterprise prepare nor electronic portfolio, he was identified to pull the clearly show off. “I just showed them my assortment, and I claimed I want to do a demonstrate, and the local community truly endorsed me.” This was the lucky crack he essential, “I saw the market place was really favourable about my collection,” recollects Fahad. Today, he styles garments that celebrate conventional Qatar outfits with a fashionable and modern day twist for guys and women.


At M7, an incubation hub for trend and style and design, Fahad is the Head of General public Programmes, where by he shares his know-how and knowledge with young Qataris and inhabitants to assistance them get started their own firms. “I imagine, what would make my posture listed here at M7 one of a kind, is that I arrive from the very same market that people designers hope to build their brands,” says Fahad.

Set up under the management of the Chairperson of Qatar Museums, H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, M7 is the most current initiative produced and funded by Qatar Museums to assistance develop a sound creative hub in Doha. “M7 is not only a building, it is an ecosystem,” states Fahad. By way of detailed programmes, M7 equips aspiring creative business people with the competencies and know-how to realise their business ambitions.

The establishment features education, workshops, incubator spaces, a ground-flooring general public café a thought store a co-functioning place and two exhibition galleries. “So what we did is create an setting where all those creatives can triumph,” clarifies Fahad. “As a result of Studio 7, we have about 41 manufacturers that truly rejoice their generation, making effectively and selling.”

Fully funded by the Qatari govt, the artistic hub supports neighborhood designer models all set to export internationally. “When I see the govt placing financial commitment with me, they are declaring they think in us. They think that we can be the new voices for the innovative financial system right here in Doha,” he claims.