Dina Nasser-Khadivi

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Mar 1 2017 / 22:20 PM

39, Iranian

Dina Nasser-Khadivi

“When I was just five years old, I asked my mother for a very specific pair of shoes – cobalt blue booties – because I had fallen in love with them” says Dina Nasser-Khadivi. “I loved Patrick Demarchelier’s work by the time I was nine, and I became fascinated with fashion photography and magazines. I have been collecting magazines since my teenage years, including issues from across the globe, and they remind me of the places I have travelled, along with what was in fashion back then.”

Her passion for a well-crafted visual led Dina into a career as an art advisor, first working as a specialist for Christie’s New York before founding her own business, DNK Art Consulting, in Geneva, Switzerland. The worlds of art and fashion aren’t far removed. “I think people in my industry appreciate that I make an effort but I really think I am one of many to like and enjoy fashion – the art world is full of stylish people.” Her profession “has greatly influenced” her personal style and vice versa. “I have developed a collector’s mind with respect to my wardrobe, and often apply that to how my clients may think when they acquire a work of art for their collection. In my mind, fashion is very much like art as ultimately they both result from inspiration and creation.”

 Dina’s wardrobe is “a little like a personal art collection” thanks to “the many signature and unique pieces from different designers that I have collected or inherited over time.” Investing in pieces that “add to what I already own”, Dina “always thinks of various combinations when I buy a new piece” to ensure it fits into her multi-functional wardrobe. This approach helps her to create outfits quickly, with “the equivalent of Cher Horowitz’s computer in Clueless, inside my head.”

Alongside established luxury brands such as Alaïa, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Lanvin, Dina has a penchant for lesser-known labels. “I truly love to discover new designers. I am always looking for new talent, I don’t just stick to the usual suspects.” Some of her favourite finds include “MISA Los Angeles, which pretty much makes up half of my wardrobe as it’s everything I love for everyday wear in warm weather. It’s playful, it reinvents itself and remains unique in many ways.” The designer is a close friend which means, “I get to choose pieces before they even hit the store.” Dubai-based label Kage is another favourite. “I always buy pieces from the collection each season.”

Dina believes that the right pieces of clothing will continue to bring her joy throughout the years. “I often think my designer pieces are timeless works of art that I intend to keep for my future children, or that I like to keep to remember my own personal fashion history.”

Dina Nasser-Khadivi wears Johanna Ortiz top at Ounass.com; Rosetta Getty trousers; Prada shoes; All Things Mochi earrings, all her own. Photography: Richard Hall. Styling: Samah Elmeri. Words: Maddison Glendinning. Hair & Make-up: Blowout & Go. Location: Al Serkal Avenue