Nicolas Jebran Five years of Music videos
Diala Aschkar, Art Director at Orient Palms, Paris, France

Nicolas Jebran

Five years of Music videos

Nicolas Jebran was made internationally famous by Katy Perry’s dress in the Dark Horse video. He is fast becoming the darling designer of the divas of pop music. Here is a short history of the music videos that led the Lebanese designer to now work with Taylor Swift and Madonna.

It was back in 2011, in the music clip E.T. presenting an extraterrestial Katy Perry in duo with Kanye West, that first appeared an astonishing «space dress» from Nicolas Jebran’s Fall-Winter 2010-2011 collection. All red and black and playing on transparency and evanescence, it contrasted with an immaculate Viktor & Rolf dress in the video.

  • Katy Perry - E.T. ft. Kanye West

In 2012, Jennifer Lopez appears on the Q’Viva show in a silver playsuit from the Spring-Summer 2012 collection. The star displays herself regularly in outfits by Jebran: recently, she rocked the American Music Awards with a dress tied at the belly button from the same S/S 2012 collection.

Jennifer Lopez seems to appreciate Lebanese designers in particular. We often see her in outfits from Zuhair Murad or Charbel Zoe. But to our knowledge, she hasn’t worn Jebran in a music video yet.

In the same way, we saw Cheryl Cole, Lady Gaga, Rita Ora, Fergie, Iggy Azalea, Kylie Jenner, Demi Lovato and, of course, Beyoncé wearing Nicolas Jebran outfits, but we are still waiting for these encounters to be materialized into music videos.

The video that made Nicolas Jebran globally famous is Katy Perry’s Dark Horse with the “Egyptian” dress in 2014. The dress is taken from the Haute couture Fall-Winter 2013-2014 collection.

  • Katy Perry - Dark Horse ft. Juicy J

Thereafter, Jebran would draw stage costumes for Katy’s concerts, always in this Egyptian-neon style that he has the secret for.

  • Costume for the Prismatic Tour

But it is in this 2015 end of the year that Nicolas Jebran’s creations appear in an impressive number of videos.

In her clip The Crazy Ones, the Brit singer Paloma Faith wears a dress from the Fall-Winter 2012-2013 collection.

On stage, she opts for a mini-dress from the Fall-Winter 2014-2015 collection.

  • Paloma Faith - Purple Haze (Eden Sessions)

On the other hand, for Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour, original models were drawn, with feminized toreador outfits. The pop star presented her show during the Brit Awards last February.

  • Madonna - Living For Love (Live at The BRIT Awards 2015)

Taylor Swift wears regularly Nicolas Jebran’s outfits, especially on stage. Her transparent playsuit with silvery glitters from her performance at the Big Weekend organized by the BBC was particularly impressing. In her clip Bad Blood, she is in a black molding body for the saber combat act.

  • Taylor Swift - Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar

Obviously, Jebran is much appreciated in Lebanon, where he has dressed practically all the local pop stars, from Haïfa Wehbé to Maya Diab.

This year, we noticed Najwa Karam’s latest clip: On the rock.

Najwa Karam - 3al Sakhra

After a very rich 2015 year, Nicolas Jebran is becoming one of the favorite designers of the international pop divas.