Known for her outstanding culturally-inspired jewellery collections, Azza Fahmy is widely regarded as one of the most esteemed designers in the Middle East. BAZAAR goes behind the scenes with the famed Egyptian designer to get a rare glimpse of the year-long research process behind her recently launched collection inspired by the very peak of the renaissance period in Islamic history, the Mamluk era.
"I try to recapture my old connection with the peak of Renaissance in Islamic history, known as the Mamluk period, renowned for its architecture and decorative arts. How did this relationship come to be? How did I end up designing this collection?" says Azza in a personal letter penned especially for the collection. "I will go back to my early memories some 50 years ago and the moments lived, which made me decide to start working on an important collection such as this one," she continues. "This time the ideas were not based on Mamluk jewellery but rather on architectural elements. How did this heritage influence me and made me see its elements as beautiful jewellery adorning women? We hope that this collection would contribute, even, if on a small scale to reintroduce the world and the generations to come to this unique cultural heritage, which is today at risk. I hope you enjoyed in-depth journey that unveiled the many steps undertaken to create this collection so that women who seek Jewellery that hold authentic stories, can share the celebration of our wonderful heritage."