TEHRAN-BORN ALI RAHIMI’S CORSETS, CUSTOM BEADING, AND OTHER WONDERFUL THROWBACK DETAILS BELIE AN AESTHETIC THAT IS AT ONCE MODERN AND WORLDLY
Couturier Ali Rahimi designs for emotion. Be it a gushing bride-to-be or an Oscar nominee, he asks prospective clients the same question: “How do you want to feel on your day?”,and the desire to create exquisite designs that evoke emotion is clearly an overarching theme of Rahimi’s craft. Born in Tehran, he was introduced to the elements of fine design through his family’s jewelry business and his mother’s frequent visits to the couture salons of Europe. He recalls his mother being “fawned over” during their Parisian salon visits, a memory of adoration he strives to recreate for his clientele.
Educated in England, Rahimi eventually traveled to the United States to pursue studies at the Virginia Marti College of Art & Design. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles and opened up his own salon, Mon Atelier. Located in the historic Miracle Mile district, it is here where he creates one-of-a-kind pieces for a worldwide clientele. Drawing on more than two decades of experience crafting couture clothing, his remarkable attention to detail is clear through the designs, which often include built-in corsets and custom beading. Rahimi relies heavily on his travels and nature for inspiration; he recalls a flight from New York back to LA where a cloud formation drove him to ask the stewardess for cocktail napkins to sketch an idea for a gown. That gown was later created. “I now always keep a pad of paper on me,” he said, smiling.
Dressing many A-list celebrities from Angelica Huston to Eva Longoria, it is interesting to hear Rahimi’s take on the red carpet.
“Now, red carpets are rolled out for red carpet events,” he said jokingly. He credits Joan Rivers with launching the phenomenon that has made the red carpet “very marketable.” He humbly suggests, too, that red carpet presence for a designer is lucky, stating it has become a “walking billboard for designers.”
One thing is clear, Rahimi is grateful for success and passionate about what he does, claiming his days are “never boring.” In the community, he has made a point of giving back through his charitable contributions to Los Angeles City College, Nancy Davis’ “Race 2 Erase MS,” and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center’s annual Aids Life Cycle bike ride. It’s times like the scenic bike ride from San Francisco to LA where inspiration strikes and beauty can’t help but make it’s way into one’s sight. “If you happen to be sensitive to color and light, if affects you,” he explained.
Rahimi has been profiled in several major publications – most recently on the cover of People magazine in a commemorative issue for All My Children—with Susan Lucci donning an original design. A cover of Los Angeles Magazine and recognition as “Best of LA”, Rahimi received film and television acknowledgement for his design of the famous, pink “Jackie O” suit featured in Legally Blonde 2 and for gowns worn by Kathy Griffin in the opening montage of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Recently, he has contributed designs for several other popular shows, including, Happily Divorced, Glee, and America’s Got Talent
Ali Rahimi 119 North La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036 323.937.1189 monatelier.com