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The Legacy of Nilofer Shahid

For the past three decades Nilofer Shahid has enthralled fashion connoisseurs around the world with the creative genius of a true maestro – a pioneer of haute couture in Pakistan. She is an ambassador of her country’s rich traditions as she opens the portal to the subcontinent’s history through her profound collections. Her label, Meeras, meaning heritage, is truly an immortalization of the past captivated in her classical ensembles. The designer from Lahore is Pakistan’s finest legacy to fashion, interwoven with her own spiritual realization of God’s ubiquitous presence manifesting through her beautiful creations.


Nilofer Shahid has been acclaimed and honored extensively, locally and internationally. In 2013, the French Government honoured Nilofer by conferring on her their highest civilian award, ‘Grade de Chevalier’ in the Order of Arts & Letters, in recognition of her major contributions towards Art and Culture. She is the only Pakistani designer to have been knighted.

Nilofer Shahid continues to redefine elegance and style; she experiments with shapes and silhouettes with spectacular results. She continues to raise the benchmark and at all times maintaining her pole position. No doubt she is the undisputed “Runway Empress of Pakistan”.

Awards & Achievements

2018: December 7           

Event: Pantene

Award: “Strong is Beautiful”



Event: Lux Style Awards

Award: Lux Lifetime Achievement  

2014: May 29

Event: Savvy & Successful Annual Awards

Venue: Expo Centre Lahore

Organized by: CCBP (Coca Cola Beverages Pakistan)

Occasion: To honor Six Pakistani women of great strength including Nilofer Shahid, for their remarkable and outstanding achievements 

2013: May 27

Venue: The Governor House, Lahore

Occasion: Conferment Ceremony

In 2013, the French Government honoured Nilofer Shahid by conferring on her their highest civilian award, ‘Grade de Chevalier’ in the Order of Arts & Letters, in recognition of her major contributions towards Art and Culture. She is the only Pakistani designer to have been knighted.

2013: February 25

Venue: Kinnaird College for Women Lahore

Occasion: Centenary Celebrations

Recognized and honored for her achievements by her Alma Mater  


Appointed to the Board of Governors of SABAH Pakistan (SAARC Business Association for Home Based Workers)


Venue: Karachi

Event: International Conference: Women Leadership

Received an award for one of the Top 7 Women Leaders in Pakistan                         

2006: May

Event: Indus Style Awards

Life time Achievement Award


Appointed to the steering committee of the PM Shaukat Aziz’s project “AHAN” (One Product One Village.) headed by the Minister of Industries, Mr. Jehangir Tareen


Appointed to Board of Governors for the “Lux Style Awards”.


Appointed as the Chairperson PFDC – Pakistan Fashion Design Council.


Appointed to the Board of Governors of the ‘Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design’


Award: Lux Style Award

For the Best Designer Couture/Bridal wear

Runway Report

2018 December 7      


Event: Bridal Couture Week  


Collection: “Badshah Begum” organized by Hum TV


2017 October 3

Show: Defile Paris Fashion Show

 Venue: Embassy of Pakistan Paris

Collection: Seven Decades of Pakistan

Occasion: To commemorate 70 years of Pakistan’s Independence

2017 February 6

Venue: One Marylebone Church London

Concept: Fashion Parade Bride

Presented by: Mustang Productions

Nilofer Shahid showcased her collection in the Grand Finale to glowing accolades


Venue: Mauritius

Event: Pakistan Mauritius Friendship Week

Organized by: TDAP

The President of Mauritius, H.E Ameenah Gurib-Fakim especially requested for Nilofer Shahid to participate and show her latest work


Venue: Karachi

Event: Fashion Pakistan Week

Collection: Rembrandt

A glorious tribute to the 17th Century Dutch painter Rembrandt


Venue: Konya & Istanbul, Turkey

Show: ‘Kemal – the Perfect Man’,

Theme: Mystical journey of man’s spiritual accent through intellect and love to the perfect – a tribute to ‘Pir-i-Rumi’ and ‘Mureed-e-Hind’ as Dr. Iqbal liked to call himself.


Event: Bridal Couture Week

Bridal collection inspired by five regions of the subcontinent steeped in rich culture

2009 October 2-5

Event: “The Box” a high end accessories fair

Organized by: “Pret a Porter Federation”, Paris.

Venue: Pavillon Cambon Capucines, Rue Cambon, Paris

First Pakistani designer invited to showcase accessories in this exclusive exhibition

2009 June 28

Venue: Mississauga, Canada:

Event: A highly successful presentation for LRBT Charity

2009 June 16

Venue: Vancouver Canada

Organizers: Pakistani Consulate General, Vancouver

First solo presentation by a Pakistani designer; attended by a large audience; acclaimed by the local and international media.

2008 December 18

Venue: Golf Country Club Karachi

 Sponsored by: French Consulate Karachi

Show: Two Great Empresses Nur Jehan and Josephine

2008 April 19 

Venue:  North Country Club, Westlake Village, L.A.

A very exclusive showing

2008 April 12

Venue: Hotel Intercontinental Dallas

 Show: “Diwan-e-Khas: Mughal Night”

2008 February 15

Venue: Houston,

Show: “Colors of Pakistan”

2007 November 29

Venue: Baron’s Palace, Cairo

Event: The Grand Pakistani Night

To showcase the traditional and fusion/western collection for an international audience Organizers:  Mobilink and Orascom.

2007 January 21

Venue: Salon Boucheron, 26 Place Vendome, Paris-France.

Event: “Haute Couture Fashion Week Paris”.

The first Pakistani designer to be invited by the “Le Chambre de Syndical de la Couture” In collaboration with the world famous “Boucheron” jewelers

2006 Dec 5

“Asian Fashion Show” organized by the French company “La Mode En Images,” directed by Olivier Massart and choreographed by Kader Belardi for the opening of the 15th Asian Games, Doha 2006. Nilofer Shahid was the only Pakistani designer amongst 30 International designers which included KENZO.

2006 October

Venue: Washington DC

 Event: A Cultural Show

Occasion: President of Pakistan, General Pervaiz Musharraf’s visit to the US a

Amongst the august attendees were American Senators and Congressmen

2006 Jun 28- Jul 28 

Venue: Joyce Gallery, Palais Royale, Paris

Event: Paris celebrates “Balenciaga”

Honoured to exhibit alongside “Balenciaga” during the Haute Couture Fashion Week

2006 March

Venue: Bab-ul-Shams (Desert Resort Dubai) ,

 Sponsored by: ABN- Amro Bank

Show: Arabian Nights

Collection: Kahlil Gibran

Based on the profound narrations of Kahlil Gibran, the renowned poet and artist of Lebanon

2006 January 

Event: Lux Carnival de la Couture

Prestigious fashion show in Pakistan which also included the top designer of India, Rohit Bal


Venue: New Delhi, India

Event: Bridal Asia International Fashion Week


Venue: Mumbai, India

Event: “Femina Bridal Show”

 In collaboration with Libas


Venue: New Delhi, India

Event: Bridal Asia International Fashion Week


Venus: the Royal Albert Hall, London

Event: Part of a high profile cultural event titled “Rhythms of the Indus” graced by President Pervaiz Musharaf

Collection: Lahore Collection (Legacy of the Mughals)


Venue: Athens & Warsaw

Single Country Exhibition

Sponsored by Cable Network Greece and Export Promotion Bureau Pakistan


Venue: London

Show: Journey of the Soul

Collection: Omar Khayyam

Inspired by the quatrains of the great mystic poet Omar Khayyam


Venue: New Delhi

Event: Bridal Asia – International Fashion Week


Venue: World Trade Centre, Dubai

Fashion Show: Theme A Midsummer Night Dreams

Sponsored by the Government of Pakistan


Designed Watches and Belts for “Boucheron Jewellers” based in Paris, who are amongst the top five jewellers of the world.


Venue: The Louvre Paris

Event: Paris Fashion Week

Collection: Chughtai Collection

Inspired by the paintings of the Grand Master of the Sub-Continent A.R. Chughtai; immortalizing poetry of the two greatest poets of the Urdu language Ghalib and  Iqbal.

The first Asian to share the Paris runway with the leading names in couture Olivier Lapidus and Boucheron

Sponsored by Boucheron Jewelers


Venue: Paris:

Event: Grand Premiere Ball,

Organizers: “Point du Vue” top French Magazine

29 top designers from all over the world participated


United States: Paramount Studios – Hollywood, Chicago and Houston.

Theme – “Tapestries In The Looms Of Time”.

(A multimedia show based in the cultural history of the sub-continent, from 5000 B.C. to Pakistan today).


Venue: Zurich

Invited by O.S.E.C.

Theme: “Mughal Flora”.


Venue: Embassy of Pakistan, Tashkent

Show: Central Asia.


Venue: National Museum Washington DC and Convention Centre Los Angeles

Occasion: Part of PM Benazir Bhutto’s entourage, supported by E.P.B

Show: Flames of Eternity


Venue: Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi,

Show: Central Asia, Islamic Calligraphy and Mughal Art


Some high profile local clients

  • Begum Samina Alvi wife of Arif Alvi 13th President of Pakistan 2018
  • Begum Fozia Raza Gillani wife of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani (2008-12) and currently member of the National Assembly
  • Begum Sehba Musharraf and her family, wife of Pervez Musharraf 10th President of Pakistan 2001-08
  • The family of Nawaz Sharif three times Prime Minister of Pakistan 1990-93, 1997-99 & 2013-17
  • Late Benazir Bhutto twice Prime Minister of Pakistan 1988-90 & 1993-96
  • The family of late Ghulam Ishaq Khan 7th President of Pakistan 1988-93
  • The family of Ch. Pervaiz Elahi, former Deputy Prime Minister, former Chief Minister of Punjab, currently speaker of the Punjab Assembly
  • The family of Ch. Shujaat Hussain – interim Prime Minister of Pakistan 2004, a leading politician and head of Pakistan Muslim League Q


Royal and high profile international clients

  • Cherie Blair -wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair 1997-2007
  • Madonna – American singer & songwriter, also known as the “Queen of Pop”
  • Madame Laure Bouley, Editor “Point De Vue” magazine in Paris
  • Princess Haifa (daughter of Late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia) and her extended family.
  • Princess Nourah Bint Mohammad (wife of Governor of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
  • Princess Jawaherah Al Thani of Qatar
  • Diana Princess of Wales (1961-97)
  • Jemima Marcelle Khan daughter of James Goldsmith, ex-wife of Imran Khan 1995-2005
  • Lady Annabel Goldsmith wife of James Goldsmith
  • Olivia George Harrison – wife of the famous Beatle singer ‘George Harrison’
  • & Mrs. Yann Debelle (Director of Communications, Dunhill, UK)
  • Mily Boston wife of Mr. Mark Boston, Chairman H. Goldie & Company Limited – International Diamond Broker (now De Beers)
  • Janus et Cic (President Pacific Design Centre, California, USA)
  • Countess Joy de Rohan Chabot, France
  • Countess Martha Morzotto
  • Royal family of Mauritius
  • Nazik Hariri wife of the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri (1992-98 & 2000-05)

International Media Coverage

PRINT MEDIA: Magazines & Newspapers

  • FGC magazine 2017.
  • Touch magazine 2017 by Walma
  • Hello magazine Style Icons 2016 Pg 76-84
  • STIJL magazine voruwomen mode Catwalk Karachi 2016
  • Signature Style in “VISAGE” magazine 2015
  • Cover page of SHE Magazine BridaL Collection shoot by Ather Shehzad 2013
  • The perfect Man Couture Collection (Rumi & Iqbal) “Brides & You” magazine
  • Diplomat – UK based March 2011
  • Collezioni Accessori – 2010 Spring/Summer
  • Collezioni Accessori – 2010-11 Autumn/Winter
  • Collezioni Sposa
  • Revived Book “The Journey within” 2008 by Walter Publishers
  • Oui Magazine
  • Byzance Magazine 2006-7
  • A shaded view on Fashion. com by Diane Pernet 2007
  • Je Magazine- 2006-7
  • Le Figaro- 2007
  • TF 1 2007
  • Pakistan Un Autre regard by Delphine Evmoon-2006
  • L’ Expansion Magazine-2006
  • Leon HaToT- 2006
  • Madam Figaro Taiwan Magazine 2006
  • BBC WORLD – 2003
  • “VALEURS” France – 1997
  • VOGUE French Edition – 1997
  • Al-Jareedah – 1997
  • MATCH DE PARIS – 1997
  • POINT DE VUE Paris – 1995 & 1996
  • TIME magazine Golden Anniversary Edition October – 1996
  • TIME magazine Special Edition August – 1997
  • ELLE magazine – 1996
  • BLICK Zurich, Switzerland – 1996
  • HELLO (UK and Middle East)


  • TV 1 2007
  • FTV International 2007
  • TV LUXE 2007
  • VISION Australia – 2004
  • South African Channel – 2004
  • ITV, London – 2003
  • LTV [London television] – 1997
  • FTV (thrice) 1995-1996-1997
  • POLISH TV – 1994