Sharifa Raouf is living the American Dream. She grew up in Afghanistan and left due to the Russian invasion. She traveled through Europe for 3 years and settled temporarily in Frankfurt, Germany. It was there that she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a fashion designer, by studying and working for designers. In the early 1980s, Sharifa and her family emigrated to the United States, moving to Denver, Colorado. She started as an assistant designer with Anne Barge, designing custom garments.
When she and her husband moved to California in 1985, along with two young children, Sharifa enrolled in Diablo Valley College to earn her degree in Fashion Design, which she did in 1989. She continued her education with classes at FIDM. Between contacts and her resume, Sharifa became the designer for the California Miss USA beauty pageant, where she created custom garments for the contestants, which continued until 2006. In 2006, upon leaving the Miss USA Pageant system, Sharifa created her own design house, The House of Couture in Walnut Creek, California. At The House of Couture she designs and creates beautiful bridal and evening gowns, as well as men’s suits. She also offers sewing classes both in person and virtually. Sharifa is a perfect example of having the dreams and making them a reality.