Georges Hobeika is a Lebanese fashion designer of haute couture and ready-to-wear clothing. Hobeika officially opened his atelier in Beirut in 1995, and has been presenting his collections in Paris, during the city’s official fashion weeks, for over a decade.
Hobeika was born (February 8, 1962) in Baskinta, a village in the mountains of Lebanon, and was one of eight siblings. His mother, Marie, was a seamstress and
encouraged her children to assist her in her boutique atelier. Hobeika particularly liked his mother’s vocation and pursued it as a passionate hobby.
Hobeika studied civil engineering in university, and pursued architectural design in his studies. The Lebanese Civil War forced him to leave the country in order to secure a better future for him and his family. Hobeika traveled to Paris and worked as an intern for several Parisian fashion houses, including Chanel.
After returning from Paris, Georges Hobeika opened his first atelier location in Beirut, Lebanon in 1995. Around this time, his mother closed her atelier and referred all of her clients to him. They worked together to establish a fashion label.
In 2001, Hobeika had his first show in Paris, at “Hotel K,”. Hobeika has shown his couture collections in every biannual Paris Couture Fashion Week since.
Georges Hobeika has diversified into a décor line of couture furnishings and home accessories.
The Georges Hobeika brand is currently headed from Beirut and has official PR representation branches in Paris (in-house), Los Angeles and Beijing. Hobeika has partnered with Maison Lesage, Swarovski, Jakob Schlaepfer, and Solstiss for the creation and production of the Georges Hobeika Couture line.
Hobeika has designed clothing for royal families in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. He also has clients from Europe, North and South America, and Asia.
On 19 December 2012, Georges Hobeika received worldwide recognition when former Miss USA Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012. Culpo won the title wearing a Georges Hobeika gown for the final evening gown segment of the competition. It was the first time a couture gown that debuted during a Paris Couture Week was worn for the competition.