The Designer Who Opened Beirut's First Free Fashion School

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Because talent, not privilege, should determine who’s making the clothes in your closet.

Part of the OZY original video series, From Beirut, WIth Love.

When Sarah Hermez graduated from the elite Parsons School of Design in New York City, she could have joined the thousands of other ingenues toiling away and competing for a spot on the bottom rung at a major fashion house. Instead, she opted to return to Beirut, her family’s homeland, on a quest to make fashion design accessible. Believing that talent, not cash for expensive tuition payments, should determine who gets an education in design, Hermez opened a free school called Creative Space Beirut where anyone was welcome to apply.

Additional video and editing by Elie Khadra.

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