Vogue Italia and Emaar have unveiled its finalists list for the 2015 Who is On Next? Dubai talent competition. Among the 25 finalists are Dubai-based designers Nathalie Trad and Maryam Omaira. Lebanon-born Nathalie Trad (pictured above) created a capsule collection for Buro 24/7 Middle East last year and made her first appearance at New York Fashion Week earlier this month. 

Revealed: Nathalie Trad and Maryam Omaira named as Who is on Next? Dubai finalists

Nathalie Trad for Buro 24/7 Middle East

Vogue Italia released the following statement:

" We are delighted to announce the finalists of the Who is On Next Dubai scouting project launched by Vogue Italia and Emaar with the support of Altaroma, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and Pitti Immagine, who will present their Spring/Summer 16 collections during Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience on the 29th and 30th of October at The Dubai Mall.

The 25 finalists, scouted from a special competition dedicated to discovering design talent from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, will have the opportunity to meet the exclusive judging panel made of key international figures from the fashion industry:

- Abcense, by Jhuosan Wang, Yoyo Yoyo Pan, Taiwan

- Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen, South Africa

- Anita Quansah London, by Anita Horsfall, Nigeria

- Beyond Closed, by Tae Yong Ko, South Korea

- Brother Vellies, by Aurora James, Canada/Ghana

- Byungmun Seo, South Korea

- Ca & Lou, by Carolina Neri and Bérengère Lux, Italy and Switzerland

- Cynthia & Xiao, by Cynthia Mak and Xiao Xiao, China

- Dent de Man, by Alexis Temomanin, Uk/Ivory Coast

- Elio Abou Fayssal, Lebanon

- Faissal El-Malak, Palestine/Canada

- Hussein Bazaza, Lebanon

- J Moon, by Jinhee Moon, South Korea

- Jourden, diAnais Mak, Hong Kong

- Maryam Omaira, by Maryam Abdulla Al Omaira, United Arab Emirates

- Matter Matters, by Flora Leung, Hong Kong

- Max.tan,di Max Tan, Singapore

- MaXhosa by Laduma, by Laduma Ngxokolo, South Africa

- Nathalie Trad, Lebanon

- Sindiso Khumalo, South Africa

- Sulvam, by Teppei Fujita, Japan

- Susana Traça, Angola

- Ujoh, by Mitsuru Nishizaki, Japan

- Yirantian, by Yirantian Guo, Japan

- Youjia Jin, China