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Anar Couture
Designer: Rana Ghezelayag

What does fashion mean to you?
The way that you arrange your clothes in a manner that expresses yourself in the best way to make the individual feel beautiful, confident, and comfortable.

Who are your influences?
Giti Pashai, my late aunt, who was a famous Persian singer. She inspired me with her strength of character, self-reliance, perseverance, and hardwork towards building upon her talent.
Madonna for her creativity and innovativeness, perpetually reinventing herself.

What excites you about the future of Seattle fashion?
I am excited to see more local (Seattle-based) designers become more popular inside and outside of the Pacific Northwest.

What are you looking forward to in the future?
I am looking forward to combine my background as a chemical engineer into designing of new textiles and expand my business.

When did you fall in love with fashion?
As my mom says, it seems it started since I was a little girl; I was always into fashion and colors. I had to pick my own dresses and match it with my shoes and handbag. It seems I was even had my opinion for my mom cloths too!

If you could go back in time and experience any fashion moment, what would it be?

I would like to experience the 1950’s western style.

Do you have a typical type of person in mind when designing and if so does this evolve with each season?
Basically, what I am thinking when I am designing is of a woman who wants to wear a dress (such as an evening dress) more than one time and to different venues.

What would you say are the benefits for Seattlelites of buying from local designers?
It would help the local designers to grow in terms of getting better ideas about what people of their city would like and need more… instead of buying something that is nice but is not much useful for them or meets their style and taste. Also, if Seattleites bought from local designers, it would help the Seattle economy and probably amplify Seattle’s presence in the fashion world.

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