Womens Muslim Fashions
In today’s modern world of Muslim fashion trends, you would be right to start your search by primarily look at the big cities such as New York Paris, Birmingham and Milan. Usual Names like Hugo Boss, Armani, Stone Island dominate the Globe. Typical Garms you would expect these companies to make are t-shirts, Jeans, and business attire. These style houses are now starting to introduce additional items to their catalogue!
Latest fashion trends show that recently, Islamic businesses and their audience have been creating their own fashion houses with their own distinct western styles and designs. Clothing that has previously been associated with religious beliefs and even banned from some cities are now being worn by people of the western world as fashion must haves!
The best examples of this is the introduction of the Abaya, Kaftan, and Hijab which are being sold by not only Islamic clothing specialists but your High street names, often being mentioned in clothing exhibitions and daytime TV fashion slots. There has also been a shift in Islamic clothing so not only are the traditional Islamic items being used by other religious and non-religious groups Islamic followers have started to wear items such as a Salwaar Kamiz which was traditionally worn by South Asians and has been adapted by Muslims in many variations to diversify its uses and appearance once worn.
Traditional Muslim Fashion
Traditionally the Purpose of Islamic clothing styles and designs are fundamentally there to allow a female to be modest in one’s appearance and therefore attract as little attention as possible. A popular BBC journalist and female front line combatant Shaimaa Khalil has described fashion as a form of self-expression where one is experimenting with looks, and attracting attention to one’s personal style. Despite the obvious contradiction to what a hijab was designed for, many Muslim women are blending the two and finding there niche in the western world. Islamic clothing and in particular Muslim fashion is changing and as a growing industry cannot be ignored. There seems to be a new wave of interest that has been helped and influenced by the likes of high street clothing stores and fashion magazines. Enforce this with the introduction of the first Muslim cat walk model, Halima Aden showing how a Hijab can be worn as a great accessory as well as fulfilling its role as a modest clothing time in New York showed Muslim men and women that the Abaya can now be looked at as a fashion garment and is still able to abide to Islamic guidelines and beliefs.
Modest Fashion Movement
While ethnic clothing will always be worn by Islamic women around the world, young Muslims today are often looking for clothes that will allow them to stand out from the rest of Western society whilst keeping to there Islamic Faiths.
Islamic groups have become increasing aware of the differences and opinions that can be shed upon someone, purely regarding what they are wearing. This has become more apparent since 9/11 in America, followed by the 7/7 Bombings in the UK and terror attacks that have occurred around the world in France, Manchester and London to name a few. As many are aware there is no connection between the item of clothing someone wears as to those atrocious events. Unfortunately some don't and wanting to detach yourself from that link and being able to blend in is understandable. The association with the Burqa definitely makes it difficult for anyone to do so.
The rise of modest fashion designers such as Iman Aldebe, Hana Tajima and Dian Pelangi to name a few along with relevant Muslim fashion bloggers play a key role in eliminating these two concepts. One blog called “Stylish Muslimah” features hijab styles from around the world, outfit ideas, new “hijabi” experiences, hijab fashion for older women, and hijab styles for special occasions. Bloggers, people in the lime light and overall awareness like this combined with better education will help rid the association that Islamic clothing brings to Muslim women.