First Ever Islamic Fashion Show Inspires
Islamic fashion doesn’t come up much in the West, and we don’t usually realize that there’s true style and boatloads of fashion sense that goes into wearing hijab. And yet, there’s never been an exhibition in the Middle East to show off all the amazing fabrics and styles that constantly emerge from the Islamic fashion world.
Until now! The very first Islamic fashion show wrapped up in Turkey, spanning four fashion-filled days, October 1st through the 4th.
The Hurriyet sez: “During this fair, the trends of Islamic fashion for 2010 will be displayed. The participating firms and fashion designers have the chance to promote their new pieces at stands and through fashion shows. There will also be a competition, allowing designers and firms to participate with creations for 2010, such as scarves, veils and coats.
The fair expects to host 3,000 foreign professional visitors and 12,000 local visitors. Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Malaysia, Indonesia, the United States, France and Germany are among the participating countries.”
The fact that this is even happening is both inspirational and empowering. Even as a white, non-traditionally-spiritual, Western chick, I’m in love with the message this event is sending.
Also, I kinda love the idea of the Burqini.
Andandand! There’s another hijab-friendly fashion show on RIGHT NOW in the United Arab Emirates! Dubai Fashion Week (warning: audio) is in full swing all week. Hijabtrendz, the most fashionable and informational hijab fashion site I’ve seen, is all over this and is offering peeks of the offerings from different designers (this link is my favourite so far).
Closer to home, the lovely Nadia Malik from Hijabtrendz attended Chicago Fashion Week last week and kept a weather eye out for Muslim-friendly styles. The runway was packed with sleek, stylish, and sexy clothing that any woman wanting to wear hijab can totally rock.
Shows in India, Saudi Arabia, and smaller venues across the globe remind us that, while we focus on Paris and London, New York and LA, people everywhere should have a chance to embrace and show off their cultural fashions. These runway shows are a fantastic way to gain insight into other cultures and to pick up some style ideas to impart into our own wardrobes.