Jacob Abrian

Jacob Abrian is the founder and chief executive officer of the Arab Fashion Council (AFC), the world largest non-profit fashion council as an INGO for Arab World representing the 22 Arabic countries members of the Arab League. He founded the Council at an age of 22 being the youngest founder in the world representing an international authority.[1] In 2015, Abrian founded the Arab Fashion Week, a fashion event hosted in Dubai twice a year. The Arab Fashion Week is known as one of the world's five most important fashion event alongside New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks. [2]

Jacob Abrian
Jacob Abrian

(1992-02-04) February 4, 1992 (age 28)
Years active2012–present

Abrian manages the AFC’s membership, international partnerships,[3] the Council's future vision initiatives such as to nurture and develop the talents of young designers through its strong business alliances and position the Arab World on the international fashion map,[4] and setting up a proper infrastructure of fashion, from retail to commerce and to education.[5] He is the person behind putting the Arab World, in particular, Dubai on the international map of fashion;[6] after announcing the first Arab Fashion Week to be hosted in Dubai on October 2015.[7] Thanks to his vision Dubai is the only fashion capital to host the Ready Couture collection similar to Paris for hosting the Haute Couture.[8]

In April 2018 Abrian, under the Arab Fashion Council, made history by organizing the first fashion week in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, in partnership with the General Entertainment Authority under the name of Arab Fashion Week which is traditionally hosted in Dubai twice a year. The Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh has received enormous success and a global attention.[9] [10]

Abrian worked directly with Arab Fashion Council and National Chamber of Italian Fashion, Honorary President, HE. Cavalier Mario Boselli and the Board of Directors, which is composed of high calibre professionals and entrepreneurs.[11]

In April 2019, Arab Fashion Council opened "1422" ("1 Council for 22 Arab Countries"), its first Ready Couture store. The store is dedicated to custom made fashion and luxury shopping experience.[12][13]

Prior workEdit

Abrian's background wasn't totally relying in the fashion industry. He received his first honorary high-school degree in Life Science in 2007 followed by a short course in Film Making and Fine Arts before he obtained his second honorary master's degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 2014. In 2013 he has been selected to be one of the designers for the EXPO 2015.[14] In 2012 he was discovered as model in Milan where he appeared on Vogue[15] and posed for the world’s most renown brands such as Roberto Cavalli, Ermanno Scervino, Moscot, to shortly become the first international male model of Arabic roots.[16]


In September 2019, Abrian has been honored with the League of Gentlemen Award, for his role and contribution in creating opportunities for Arab talents, at the 9th annual Fashion 4 Development Official First Ladies Luncheon during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, and in celebration of the event the Arab Fashion Council has endorsed a fashion show tribute to Azzedine Alaia and the Alaia Foundation. [17] [18]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Minthe, Caterina. "Managing Editor". Style.com/Arabia. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  2. ^ https://nowfashion.com/arab-fashion-week-commences-28637
  3. ^ http://www.emirates247.com/the-master-in-fashion-design-scholarship-launched-2015-07-22-1.597637
  4. ^ http://www.classecohub.org/world-class-tour-2015-dubai-class-education-launch-milan-2016/
  5. ^ Tusing, David (10 February 2016). "Arab Fashion Week back for second edition" (1.1669693). Gulf News. Gulf News. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  6. ^ http://emirateswoman.com/arab-fashion-week/
  7. ^ http://www.buro247.me/fashion/news/breaking-news-arab-fashion-week-announced.html
  8. ^ http://www.thenational.ae/arts-life/fashion/arab-fashion-week-chief-executive-jacob-abrian-dubai-is-one-of-the-first-fashion-capitals-to-promote-ready-couture-collections
  9. ^ https://www.vogue.com/article/saudi-arabia-first-fashion-week-riyadh
  10. ^ http://www.arabnews.com/node/1283466/fashion
  11. ^ http://emirateswoman.com/arab-fashion-week/
  12. ^ uaenews247 (2019-04-06). ""1422" A 40 million dirhams READY COUTURE STORE TO LAUNCH IN DUBAI THIS APRIL". UAE News 24/7. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  13. ^ Harpers Bazaar Arabia (2019-04-06). ""1422 Dubai" The World's First 'Ready Couture' Store Is Coming And It's In Dubai". Harpers Bazaar Arabia. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  14. ^ http://www.feminame.com/arab-fashion-week/
  15. ^ http://www.vogue.it/en/photovogue/Portfolio/fff5b3e1-5ece-4742-9307-4c19f9d5f7e7/Image#
  16. ^ http://www.prestigemag.co/2014/10/jacob-abrian-ambassador-of-arab-fashion-week/
  18. ^ WWD (2019-09-24). "Fashion 4 Development Honors Carla Sozzani, Stages Alaïa Fashion Show, Calls for Change". WWD. Retrieved 2019-09-29.