Raja Makhlouf is one of Arab cinema’s rising costume designers. Syrian Makhlouf won the award for best costume design for the film A-Bwab al-Gheim (Doors of Clouds) at February’s Adoania Awards – Syria’s answer to the Oscars.
At a time when female costume designers are in huge demand in Western cinema – with many winning Oscars in the last ten years – their counterparts in the Arab world have rarely taken the spotlight. But Makhlouf’s celebrity connections and emphasis on glamour over glitz make her the perfect choice to hold the mantel. Perhaps through her designs, as Arab cinema spreads West, women in the Arab world will be viewed differently in other regions.title