Reem Acra is a renowned international designer known for her breathtaking collections in Ready-to-Wear and Bridal. She combines tradition with a modern aesthetic and leads the way by continuously redefining the boundaries of fashion.
While a student at the American University of Beirut, Acra’s talent was first discovered by a fashion editor when attending a party. Captivated by the intricately embroidered silk organza gown that Acra was wearing, she was pleased to discover that Acra herself had designed it from her mother’s dining room tablecloth. The editor instantly offered to host a fashion show for the budding designer, which took place 10 days later with resounding success. Following that encounter, Acra recognized her calling and went on the study at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and its Paris counterpart École Supérieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode (ESMOD).
In 1997, a high profile socialite wore Acra’s first bridal design to her wedding, sparking immediate interest in the designer. To keep up with demand, Acra launched her eponymous line, Reem Acra New York the same year. After successfully establishing herself in the bridal market with her detailed and innovative couture designs, Acra expanded into Ready-to-Wear in 2001. Similar to its bridal counterpart, the collection features carefully crafted pieces with ornate beading, flawless embroidery, and layered texture details.
After successfully establishing herself in the bridal market with her detailed and innovative couture designs, Acra expanded into Ready-to-Wear in 2001. Celebrated for her ability to make women look confident and sensual, celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Halle Berry and Selena Gomez have worn her captivating designs to VIP and red carpet events such as the Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes. Internationally, Acra has dressed celebrities and A listers in China and India, as well as royalty and heads of state.
Reem Acra’s collections are carried by some of the world most exclusive retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in the United States, with an international presence in over two dozen countries at luxury retail outlets around the world.
Acra is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Bridal Council of America, and the International Advisory Council of the American University of Beirut. Some of her notable accolades include being named the 7th most powerful Arab Woman in the World by Forbes Magazine and being the recipient of the Building Bridges Award from the Bridges of Understanding foundation, a non-profit organization which seeks to improve relations between the Middle East and United States.
Additionally, Acra appears on the hit Middle Eastern reality TV show, Fashion Star, where she serves as the lead judge and mentor to 12 aspiring up-and-coming designers. Now in its fourth season, the show has garnered much critical acclaim and has been instrumental in helping establish the Middle East as the forefront for emerging talent in fashion design.
Founded in 1997, Reem Acra New York represents the height of fashion in Ready to Wear, Bridal and Haute Couture, attracting a clientele of discerning women, royalty and celebrities. With an international presence in more than two-dozen countries, the famous designer’s creations can be found at luxury retail outlets such as Net-a-Porter, Saks Fifth Avenue and Printemps. The brand’s signature is to combine tradition and trend, consistently updating the ideas of beauty and elegance. Acra believes in the strength and empowerment of women- to dress them with confidence to look and feel like their best selves. The Reem Acra woman is modern, refined and the epitome of glamour.