Khulood Thani Designer of BINT THANI

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Khulood Thani Designer of BINT THANI

Khulood Thani, designer and founder of BINT THANI, was born and raised in Dubai. Khulood Thani is the first UAE national to hold a degree in Fashion Management and Marketing from ESMOD Paris, the oldest sartorial institute in France. She also studied at London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins, and received a Masters degree in Strategic Marketing from the University of Wollongong, and a B.A. in Marketing Communication from Zayed University in Dubai.

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Combining the meticulous skill of a designer with the sharp mind of an entrepreneur, Khulood launched BINT THANI in 2012. The brand quickly became known in the region for its distinctive silk turbans, and most recently for everyday luxury designs that are grounded in Dubai yet have global relevance.

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Her strong interest in Fashion History and major art and design movements heavily influence the label’s collections. She works from her experimental studio set in Dubai’s industrial area of Al Quoz, where she also writes about fashion trends for a number of leading regional publications.

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Urban corp” is a collaborative experimental project between BINT THANI & INTER | ACT, merging expertise in design, fashion, and 3D printing Technology. Khulood Thani and Amer Aldour, architect and founder of “INTER | ACT”, have both seen a great potential in developing something new and unexpected for the design scene in Dubai.

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Through creating an original concept in a uniquely 3D printed fashion installation, which has been produced in-house, locally. The experimental garment is further infused with native camel leather, to accentuate the narrative behind the project. The concept “urban corp” is inspired from the city of Dubai, more specifically the juxtaposition of seemingly out of context architecture against a barren desert landscape. Applying this concept to the human body, the 3D printed dress, is morphing against the body, in different directions, expressing the cubic emblem that’s growing in a random way around different areas of the body.

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To highlight the contrast, the 3D printed morphology is set against cut-outs of camel leather, forming a base for the dress – as well as a representation of not too far away past; similar to the city’s structure in contrast with the surrounding arid landscape, the work proposed will stand in contrast to the body, deforming its natural curves.

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Cubist Moods” Spring/Summer 2015 Ready-to-Wear collection, bringing everyday luxury and minimalist elegance to women both in the UAE and internationally. The collection of more than 16 designs draws its inspiration from Cubism and related iconic modern buildings in BINT THANI’s own Dubai.

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The latest BINT THANI collection cleverly blends Cubist qualities prevalent in Dubai’s architecture with subtle details reflecting skyscraper silhouettes, metro windows, and even the gradient stages of the sun setting over the city’s skyline. The ready-to-wear collection ranges from day and evening looks as well as the brand’s signature turbans.

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Designs have been constructed in an environmental palette of moody blues, soft taupe, and urban grey, while incorporating structured elements such as the double collar, organized and disorganized pleats, sheer fabrics, and laser cutting techniques.

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Between The Dunes ” is a story inspired from the Arabia, specifically from the desert life. A story that is reflected from the designer’s roots of being a UAE national, by taking elements from her own background and framing it in more of contemporary yet rough approach, creating a semi-couture dress and unconventional accessory.

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The techniques used in making the “semi-couture” mini-dress piece was through shaping the desert dunes in different laser cuts pieces in different camel, golden to brown tones. While the “unconventional accessory”, which is a neckpiece with an attached camel hump shaped hood is made from local biodegradable camel leather. This unique edition is presented at XVA Gallery, located at Al Fahidi Historical District, from 20th September to 9th October 2015.

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