Rawan Al-Qarqaz moved to Texas from The United Arab Emirates only a few years ago, which has greatly shaped her work as a designer. A creative that has always gravitated towards the arts, she takes pride in being highly dedicated and ambitious. With ideas always running through her head, she draws inspiration from her everyday surroundings and is constantly creating. To Rawan, fashion is a representation of art and a form of self-expression. She defines her style as feminine, empowering and elegant.

Since discovering her passion, Rawan went on to be accepted into The University of Texas Honors Program, has submitted and published an undergraduate thesis entitled, “Utilizing High Fashion Embellishment Techniques to Create Smart Textiles,” and is a founding member of The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists chapter on campus. In 2018, she embarked on an embroidery independent study that encompassed over 300 hours of digitizing and machine embroidery. In addition, she interned with Naeem Khan in New York City during the summer of 2018.

Rawan’s designer aesthetic revolves around empowering women and providing them with a prominent presence wherever they go. Aspects of nature inspire a majority of her work, with the drape and flow of her designs encapsulating a women’s elegance and grace. She loves working with silks, satins, chiffons, and embellishments.

Outside of designing, you can catch Rawan spending time with friends and family in the sun. She loves being on the water, trying new foods, traveling and listening to live music.

A recent Honors graduate of The University of Texas with a minor in Business, Rawan wants to grow in a company where she can add value and learn new things. In the future, she plans to attend graduate school to further her research and earn her Master’s degree in Smart Textiles. Enchanted by work that has taken her breath away, Rawan wants the opportunity to create designs that will impact people in the same way. She plans on moving abroad, anywhere from Lebanon, Europe to Australia, to build her career as a fashion designer specializing in special occasion, high-end and haute couture fashion.



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Luisa F Gil Fandino

Thesis Supervising Advisor, The University of Texas at Austin Lgilf@utexas.edu

Jessica Ciarla

Independent Study Supervisor, The University of Texas at Austin Jciarla@utexas.edu

Sara Stewart Stevens

Textiles & Apparel Curriculum Reform Committee Director, The University of Texas at Austin S3@utexas.edu

Nancy B. Prideaux

UT in NYC Seminar Director, The University of Texas at Austin nprideaux@utexas.edu

Jaime Walter

Production Manager, Naeem Khan Jaime@naeemkhan.com

Jennifer Carpenter

Sales Manager, Sherri Hill +1 (858) 492-5263