Did You Hear About NYFW’s First-Ever All-Hijab Show?
The push for diversity in the fashion world continued this season as a slew up rising designers chose to represent not only themselves but their identity culture. Indonesian fashion designer Anniesa Hasibuan did just that with her runway show that featured 48 fabulous outfits, all including beautifully designed hijabs.
For Hasibuan, this was a statement that needed to not only be hear but seen. Unfortunately, many Muslim women in the United States have been harassed for wearing the versatile fashion garment symbolizes their faith, as well as a socioeconomic marker of class, wealth, and political beliefs. Even in France, a burkini (a top-to-toe swimming outfit designed for Muslim women) ban created, criminalizing Muslimah fashion.
“I believe fashion is one of the outlets in which we can start that cultural shift in today’s society to normalize hijab in America so as to break down stereotypes and demystify misconceptions,” Melanie Elturk, chief executive of Haute Hijab, wrote on Instagram. “Last night’s show was a huge leap forward in that direction. Anniesa – thank you for the courage and strength to keep your designs and models true to your beliefs and not giving in to the pressure – you made history and we love you.”
Press play to watch a clip from the runway show that has many talking about their head turning, statement making fashions.