Ashi Studio in the Big Apple… on a statue of Cardi B

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Cardi B arrives in an Ashi Studio creation for the 60th Grammy Awards on Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (AFP)
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A sculpture of Cardi B at Spotify's RapCaviar Pantheon at Brooklyn Museum on April 02 in Brooklyn, New York. (AFP)
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Cardi B in the gown on social media. (Screenshot)
Updated 03 April 2019

Ashi Studio in the Big Apple… on a statue of Cardi B

  • The US rapper revealed the creation in a short video she posted to her 42.6 million Instagram followers
  • Ashi Studio shared images and video of Cardi B’s statue on its Instagram account

NEW YORK: Hip-hop sensation Cardi B is being honored at New York’s Brooklyn Museum by Spotify, with a life-size sculpture wearing a gown by Beirut-based fashion house Ashi Studio, which is headed by Saudi-born founder Mohammed Ashi.
The US rapper revealed the creation in a short video she posted to her 42.6 million Instagram followers on Wednesday. “If you’re in the New York area make sure you check out my statue in the Brooklyn Museum,” she wrote. “Make sure ya take pics and tag me.”
Besides the New-York born rapper, Jaden Smith, Juice WRLD and Gunna are also new honorees of the Spotify RapCaviar Pantheon in an exhibit from April 3 to 7. The streaming service’s popular playlist is celebrating the four performers for their impact on hip hop.
Ashi Studio shared images and video of Cardi B’s statue on its Instagram account, also inviting fans to check out the creation at the museum. The designer also thanked Cardi B’s stylist Kollin Carter, who is credited with introducing the singer to the label.
Cardi B, who describes herself as a “regular, degular, shmegular” girl from the Bronx, is quite the fan of the Arab designer. She wore a daring gown by the fashion house for her music video “Money” released in December last year.
In the video, the artist appears with her baby girl Kulture, who was born in July, while wearing a black, floor-length gown by Ashi Studio’s Autumn-Winter 2018-19 couture collection.
The “Please Me” rapper wore a custom-made pleated ivory lace dress with butterfly sleeves and tail by the Saudi couturier to the 2018 Grammy Awards. She had attended the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala in New York City donning a strapless, cream-colored Ashi Studio tuxedo-style gown just hours earlier.
The Arab fashion house hit headlines last month when Bollywood star Deepika Padukone described a pink Ashi Studio gown she wore to Cannes in 2018 as the “most extravagant” outfit she had ever worn, in an interview with Vogue magazine.
The dress, featuring huge pink ruffles and a voluminous, tiered skirt, was also worn by Beyonce for a concert in Johannesburg that honored the life of Nelson Mandela in December.


Mariah Carey champions Dubai-based designer at Expo 2020 party

Mariah Carey stepped out in a gorgeous gown by Dubai-based designer Furne One. (Mohammed Fawzy/Arab News)
Updated 21 October 2019

Mariah Carey champions Dubai-based designer at Expo 2020 party

DUBAI: Mariah Carey stepped out in a gorgeous gown by Dubai-based designer Furne One, founder of Amato Couture, as crowds gathered at Burj Park on Sunday night to mark the one-year countdown to Expo 2020.

Carey sparkled in a full-length studded dress featuring intricate patterns and Swarovski crystals. She has been spotted in one of Amato Couture’s gowns before, at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year when she wore a black sequinned number.

One is a couturier from the Philippines and his dresses are a hit with some of the biggest female celebrities in the worlds including Shakira, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj.

Carey sparkled in a full-length studded dress featuring intricate patterns and Swarovski crystals. (Mohammed Fawzy/Arab News)

“I started sketching dresses at around 10 years old and continued until I went to college,” the designer told Arab News. “As a boy, I would keep everything to myself and spend most of my time alone with my imagination, sketching away dresses. As I grew older, I became a little rebellious. In time, I grew out of that phase and started focusing on my career and become a successful designer."

His big break came when he won a major fashion design competition in 1994 that was judged by a famous Filipino-US designer Josie Natori. “The moment it happened, she took me under her wing and brought me to Paris and New York to work for her as an apprentice because she saw potential in me."

He won first prize at Japan’s Women Wear Awards that same year and, three years later, stood out as a finalist at Manila’s Fashion Design Awards.

Carey, who is 49, sang some of her greatest hits songs including “Emotion” and “We Belong Together” to an enthusiastic audience who braved the heat and humidity of the outdoor venue.

Expo 2020, which runs for six months and begins next October, is to be held at a vast new site in the south of Dubai. Organizers are expecting around 25 million visitors.