New York designer vows to kickstart Mideast fashion

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Lebanon-born and New York-based fashion designer Reem AcraThree decades after escaping Lebanon's civil war to fulfil her dream of making it in New York fashion, Reem Acra's client list reads like a who's who of Hollywood's A-list. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Halle Berry, Kate Hudson, Eva Longoria are just a few of the famous names who favour her luxuriously embellished evening wear. From the world of music, country singer LeAnn Rimes got married in one her creations — a low-cut chiffon robe slashed to the thigh and embroidered with pearls — while singer-songwriter Taylor Swift chose a strapless Reem Acra wedding gown for one of her videos.