Award Winning, Celebrity Fashion Designer Allia Qureshi
Allia (a.k.a. Alia Khan) began her career at New York’s famed Fashion Institute of Technology, after which she formed her own company by the fall of 2002 and launched the very 1st South Asian mail order catalogue in North America.
She has since, launched a very successful, elite custom design service through her website, AlliaQureshi.com and her New E-Commerce Ready to Wear website www.Shanalina.com. Her fashion show resume is vast, having shared the world’s runways alongside a slew of the A-List Eastern fashion designers such as Ritu Beri, Suneet Varma and Manish Malhotra but to name a few, as well as A-List Western fashion designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karen, Betsy Johnson, Carolina Herrera, Tommy Hillfiger & Ralph Lauren. One of her key designs is the Azara – a fusion-wedding gown invented by her & requested the world over.
Allia has also garnered much notoriety in the media, with coverage on CNN Live, NY1, Society Magazine, Times of India, Zinc Magazine, ANOKHI Magazine, and the list goes on.
In terms of some key highlights in her career thus far, she was awarded Fashion Designer of the Year 2006 in Los Angeles at the SASA convention, as well as the ANOKHI Sexy & Successful 2008 Excellence in Fashion Design Award in Toronto.
In addition, she has been celebrated in the 1st edition of Roshni, a book that highlighted the most prominent South Asians in the United States in 2006. Also the same year, one of her designs was used in a national campaign for Cheerios across the US.
To note, she is the only South Asian designer in the world to have been invited twice to design for New York Fashion Week’s famed celebrity charity show, the Heart Truth Red Dress Runway Show in 2005 & 2007, and her innovative designs have been worn by a diverse range of celebrities such as The Cosby Show’s Phylicia Rashad, Bollywood’s John Abraham and Neha Dhupia, and even royalty as she designed his Royal Highness, the Aga Khan’s 50th Jubilee gown upon personal request.
Allia is the designer of three very different collections: ALLIA QURESHI BRIDAL - Custom Made One Of A Kind Bridal Trousseau, ALLIA QURESHI Signature Fusion - a high-end fusion red carpet couture collection, ALLIA QURESH Signature Western - a high-end innovative high street collection and SHANALINA - a moderate to better collection of tunics, caftans and dresses.
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