From the first I was striving for perfection, learning from everyone and anyone. I’m still learning still hungry.-Maheen Khan
A true leader and the ‘mother of fashion,’ she took up the responsibility of mentoring an endless amount of young talent, over the years. She gave a platform, shared her wisdom and nurtured her mentees with the knowledge of her career until they were ready to stand on their own two feet and explore the world of fashion. It is no surprise, that such a member of the industry was unanimously voted as the first Chairperson of the Fashion Pakistan Council and continues to promote the Fashion industry, a cause very close to her heart.
Today, in spite of her busy life, she continues to encourage and mentor younger designers, fashion photographers and models. Her doors are always open to any one related to the fashion world! Maheen was the first to encourage fashion bloggers and insist they be given front row seats. Today no fashion event is held without the presence of bloggers. In 1985, she was the first designer to insist that models must be paid for their work. (All fashion shows at that time were charity events).
Her efforts are reflected in the fact that today modeling is a vibrant career option.
She was the first to hold exhibitions and shows outside the country. A proud Pakistani, she has been an ambassador through fashion, taking Pakistan’s softer image across the globe and has with her pioneering efforts created that channel for others to get international exposure as well. Today all designers travel for business extensively.
In 2007 she created the first Truly Pakistani branded label and called it ‘GULABO.’ Essentially inspired by the folk visual art on the mass transportation network across the country, ‘Truck Art’ and the Pakistanis’ love for color. Today almost every designer in Pakistan and Luxury brands such as D&G use truck art as inspiration for their collections.
“In 1998, I set up an embroidery house, along with an award winning costume designer, Diane Holmes, In London. The film Jinnah was being shot in Karachi and I was assigned to work with the Costume Designer who happened to be Diane Holmes. Diane left before the completion of the film, she rang asking if i would like to work with her on a BBC project, the Aristocrats. We set up an Embroidery house together.” -Maheen Khan
As she puts it, “I will keep learning till the end’ !