Reem Acra is an internationally known Lebanese fashion designer. She studied in Paris, as well as New York. She is known for her bridal designs. Her designs are sold in famous clothing boutiques such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. She has been on several popular magazines including In Style, Town & Country, Vogue, Women's Wear Daily, Sayidaty [English] and W. Her fine evening gowns are also sold all over the world.
The Reem Acra flagship store is on East 60th Street in New York City.
Born in Lebanon,Reem was introduced to the intricate world of art by her grandmother, who had a skilled hand for creating handmade silk flowers. According to her biography, Reem Acra studied design in both Paris and New York at the Esmod Ecole de Mode of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology, respectively, where she acquired several prestigious awards. After her studies and practical design experience, she returned to New York where her atelier quickly gained international recognition. Her collections are carried in more than 100 of the most exclusive retailers in the world including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as her flagship Manhattan boutique.
As a wedding gown designer, Reem Acra began her career as an embroidery artist in New York. She launched her own bridal gown company in 1995 and has shot to the top in the bridal business. The luxurious silk satin and intricate beadwork has made Acra bridal gowns some of the most beautiful on the market.
Wedding gown designer, Reem Acra is recognized for her signature use of embroidery. The Reem Acra bridal signature line has influenced various wedding trends. Reem creates delicate beadwork of tiny swarovski crystals and seed pearls. Acra's ability to create intricate gold bullion needlework and shadow embroidery sewn under rich fabrics allows for a classic, traditional bridal dress. Reem Acra has become one of the leading names in the luxury bridal and eveningwear market. Celebrities as well as brides turn to her for that special moment, be it a walk down the aisle or the red carpet. Later, Acra expanded her repertoire by introducing daywear pieces into her collection. Known for her attention to detail, signature beaded embroideries, and unique fabric combinations.
Reem Acra’s exquisite gowns exude her own innate sense of style and love of fashion. Acra’s gowns are a direct reflection of her design philosophy that poetically combines her appreciation for the traditional and classic with the modern fashion needs of today’s stylish woman. The designer’s gowns particularly appeal to women of individual style who are looking for glamour and sophistication on the most important day of their life.
“This season explores the theory of rejuvenation, keeping the looks fresh and ethereal with a modern touch. The common thread through the collection is the emphasis on the waist and the refined look of luxury. I am peeling back the surface of my designs and revealing what lies beneath,” said Reem Acra.
Painting a picture of a garden tea party one by one, the 40 ensembles literally seemed to spring up like blooms from a fresh cut arrangement. The use of bright hues, especially the juxtaposition of bold colors was a very strong trend on the runways this season. The sumptuous fabrics employed helped convey a heightened sense of ease and luxury from confetti lace, jacquard, and organza to charmeuse, taffeta, and chiffon. The handwork for which Acra is celebrated only further enhanced the silhouette and movement of her garments with lovely design details such as laser-cutting, three-dimension appliqués, and flocked discs.