Starch Foundation's Blueprint Beirut Wins At International Fashion Showcase

The Arab British Centre and Starch Foundation are proud to announce that ‘Blueprint Beirut’ won the Curator Award at Fashion Utopias, the British Council and British Fashion Council’s International Fashion Showcase 2016 in association with London Fashion Week.

Blueprint Beirut, organised by the Arab British Centre and Starch Foundation, and supported by the British Council, showcased the best of Lebanese design with 8 Starch Designers presented inside Starch Architect Elie Metni’s exhibition installation – an interpretation of a traditional Lebanese home.

“We are so proud of Starch Foundation and the Curator Award. The exhibition is a dream and has a huge significance for Lebanon’s designers. This is only the beginning. Great things will come!"
- Tala Hajjar, Starch Foundation co-founder

The prestigious panel of judges, which was chaired by Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and Chief Critic at, included Anna Orsini from the British Fashion Council and Anders Christian Madsen from ID Magazine among many. Sponsored by Bonaveri, the award was presented to Tala Hajjar by Bonaveri CEO Andrea Bonaveri himself. Also, Lebanon’s Starch Designer Timi Hayek came highly commended for Best Designer.

Reflecting on yesterday’s events, the Arab British Centre’s Executive Director Nadia El-Sebai said: “The IFS is a prestigious annual event with participation from across the globe, but the Middle East has been underrepresented in previous years. We initiated the partnership with Starch Foundation because we wanted to show audiences in the UK the strength and diversity of the creative and cultural industries in the Arab World. IFS 2016 showcased the work of 80 designers from 24 countries. There were three awards and two of them went to the Middle East. This is very promising for the region and we couldn’t be happier”.