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

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

SCENES shines a spotlight on youth close to the world that are breaking down boundaries and making adjust. The character-pushed limited movies will inspire and amaze, as these younger modify-makers inform their remarkable tales.

Fahad Al Obaidly is resourceful in the literal feeling of the term. The style designer-mentor speaks the language of creativity and expresses himself via art in his homeland, Qatar. Fahad’s passion can be witnessed at each and every stage of his thorough portfolio of get the job done.

A curiosity for manner

“My enthusiasm for vogue started off when I was seriously youthful,” Fahad points out to Scenes. He recollects television’s impact on his mother, which led her to be more imaginative with her patterns. “All of us were being obsessed with Mexican Tv set shows and my mum was genuinely fascinated with the attire,” says Fahad. “I try to remember she was sitting down and sketching each and every costume incredibly rapidly so she could make it regionally.”

This course of action would spark a artistic curiosity in Fahad. He wondered why his mother would go to these types of fantastic lengths for her apparel. “Building people attire is her have way of expressing her identification as a woman.” This gave Fahad the inspiration to learn additional. “For me, it was critical to study manner and definitely develop my skills from a technological position of watch.”

Pursuing his style reports, Fahad wanted expert expertise. Sadly, there are no male vogue designers in Qatar. “Our location was complex to plug into,” Fahad recollects of his early profession.

Because of to a absence of other options, he was compelled to go away Qatar and shift to Europe. For six many years, he travelled by means of Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Turkey and Paris. His ultimate end was at The Institute Marangoni in Milan, a person of the country’s most influential style faculties, the place he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in vogue style and design.

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

Finding out the ropes

Once inside of the industry, the tricky function commenced. Fahad was capable to acquire a superior being familiar with of how worldwide style operates. “Doing the job with an atelier as a sample maker really served me thrust myself and establish my professionalism,” states Fahad.

Fahad returned to Qatar in 2014 and introduced his menswear brand ‘Fahad Al Obaidly’, also known as FAO. Getting to make a living as an up-and-coming designer had its problems. Even so, he constantly concentrated on what he liked. “I stored my money for living or acquiring fabric,” suggests Fahad. “It truly assisted me when I arrived again to Doha to understand that this market is pure business enterprise and not a luxury and way of living market,” he adds.

“I did my first style display without even obtaining a label, even a logo,” Fahad recounts. Even with getting no enterprise prepare nor digital portfolio, he was determined to pull the display off. “I just showed them my collection, and I reported I want to do a show, and the neighborhood definitely endorsed me.” This was the lucky crack he desired, “I observed the current market was genuinely positive about my collection,” recalls Fahad. Today, he layouts clothes that rejoice regular Qatar clothes with a fashionable and modern day twist for men and women.


At M7, an incubation hub for trend and style, Fahad is the Head of Community Programmes, wherever he shares his knowledge and experience with young Qataris and people to assist them begin their individual firms. “I consider, what can make my position in this article at M7 exclusive, is that I occur from the identical industry that these designers hope to set up their manufacturers,” suggests Fahad.

Set up underneath the leadership of the Chairperson of Qatar Museums, H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, M7 is the newest initiative produced and funded by Qatar Museums to aid construct a stable creative hub in Doha. “M7 is not only a constructing, it truly is an ecosystem,” states Fahad. As a result of in depth programmes, M7 equips aspiring inventive business owners with the skills and know-how to realise their small business ambitions.

The institution presents instruction, workshops, incubator spaces, a ground-flooring community café a idea shop a co-performing place and two exhibition galleries. “So what we did is produce an setting where by all all those creatives can realize success,” clarifies Fahad. “By means of Studio 7, we have around 41 brand names that really rejoice their generation, creating perfectly and offering.”

Totally funded by the Qatari govt, the imaginative hub supports area designer manufacturers prepared to export internationally. “When I see the governing administration placing investment with me, they are expressing they think in us. They believe that we can be the new voices for the artistic economy here in Doha,” he says.