Rising fashion designer and UAE sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi dies at 39
Rising fashion designer Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi has tradgically passed away in London
Son of the ruler of the emirate of Sharjah, he had worked as a creative director of his epoynomous fashion label Qasimi, which debuted its first collection in 2008.
Born in the United Arab Emirates, and raised in the United Kingdom, Khalid completed degrees in both Architecture and Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins, intertwining the two forms of expertise into one cohesive output.
Inspired by his roots, his label, QASIMI, has seen great success on the official schedules at both London Fashion Week Men’s and Paris Fashion Week Men’s.
Khalid was praised for his tenacious yet sensitive exploration of social-political issues, particularly those pertaining to the Middle East and its sometimes strained relationship with the West, a subject very close to his heart and upbringing. His goal was to create ‘a world of beautifully crafted products infused with cultural, social and political undertones to inform and inspire.’
Three days of national mourning have been declared in the UAE, where funeral prayers are expected to be held on Wednesday.