Le­banese fash­ion designer Basil Soda dies

The China Post - - ARTS -

Basil Soda, cred­ited as one of Le­banon’s best-known in­ter­na­tional fash­ion de­sign­ers, has died, his com­pany said.

His death was an­nounced Mon­day on the so­cial me­dia pages of his fash­ion house, which de­scribed him as a “great in­ter­na­tional designer ... who built his com­pany sin­gle-hand­edly from the ground up.”

“A great man, who will al­ways be re­mem­bered for his craft and beau­ti­ful soul.”

Le­banese me­dia said Soda had died aged 47 af­ter suf­fer­ing from can­cer, with­out pro­vid­ing fur­ther de­tails.

Soda be­gan his fash­ion ca­reer in 2000, and was based in Beirut.

His work drew in­spi­ra­tion from ar­chi­tec­ture and he said his clothes were in­tended to jux­ta­pose two ex­tremes “strength and fragility ... play­ing on the du­al­ity of a woman.”

His clothes were of­ten seen on the red car­pet, and were worn by ac­tors, singers and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­i­ties from around the world.

Soda is one of a co­hort of Le­banese de­sign­ers who have achieved in­ter­na­tional re­known, in­clud­ing Elie Saab, Zuhair Mu­rad, Reem Acra and Ge­orges Hobeika.

AFP

A pic­ture taken on Sept. 7, 2005 in Beirut shows Le­banese Fash­ion designer Basil Soda on stage at the end of a show pre­sent­ing his cre­ations. Soda, 47, died af­ter a long battle with can­cer, his fash­ion house an­nounced on Tues­day, March 31.

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