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Designer Ali Rahimi creates Oscar-worthy gowns

Mar 12, 2009
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Detail of hand-made flowers and ruched bodice.

Every awards season, the designs of Ali Rahimi can be found on the red carpet on Hollywood’s leading men and women. From his studio in Los Angeles, California, Rahimi creates these haute couture gowns and suits under the label Mon Atelier for celebrities and other clientele. Rahimi was trained in the classic tradition of couture and creates each piece with an immense attention to detail and fine sewing. With a catalog ranging from men’s suits and vests to women’s gowns and accessories, Rahimi custom fits each design.

This year, Rahimi’s creations were worn by Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight and Arianna Huffington to the Academy Awards.

“I design to fit a woman’s body and choose fabrics that bring out each client’s natural beauty,” says Rahimi. “For example, for Mary Hart I created an asymmetrically draped gown that accented Mary’s shoulders and neckline. The fabric was a beautiful, spring green metallic silk organza with pink flowers scattered throughout. The colors perfectly complemented her brilliant eyes.”

For more of Rahimi’s designs, visit his website here. Below are a few of the amazing photos from his site, along with Hart’s and Huffington’s dresses from this year’s Academy Awards.

What do you think about Rahimi’s inspirational designs? Do you have any other favorites from this year’s awards season?


Front viewBack viewLeft: Detail of fabric flowers. Center: Floral dress with ruched bodice. Right: Bolero and lace dress detail.Wedding GownDress DetailStudioLeft: Lace bridal gown. Center: Cropped jacket and dress detail. Right: Mon Atelier studio.Floral bustleModel in top and skirtLeft: Floral bustle on a velvet gown. Center: Top and skirt. Right: Beaded bustline detail.mary HartArriana HuffingtonLeft: Gathered waistline detail. Center: Mary Hart at the Oscars. Right: Arianna Huffington at the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball

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  1. pwdressmaker December 2nd

    My daughter wants ruching over the bodice of her wedding dress. I am using several patterns to make this dress. My question is on the shape and amount of fabric to do the ruching. The dress will have a fitted/boned princess line bodice, she wants the area over the breasts to be ruched from center to armseye. I have been unable to find a pattern for this techinque. HELP!!

  2. deborahannwoody February 1st

    hello, ali rahimi:

    i am deborah ann woody and i when to virginia marti college
    heard from dennis marti you were a student, too???
    how did you break into the design market//trying to work for
    vera wang or oscar de la renta. how did you get an interview
    with mary hart...did you just send her the dress or what?????
    call me at 718-614-3089 cell or email me at:

    i have a facebook acct with pictures of my designs on mt wall
    it is under deborah ann woody in face book.

    call me ali

    sincerely looking for advice,

    deborah a. woody

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