The hijab and abaya are no longer eccentric things for the fashion scene, even more so at this year’s New York Fashion week. Indeed, five Indonesian designers debuted collections at ‘Indonesian Diversity,’ a fashion event that took place last Thursday, the first day of NWFW.
Two of them, Vivi Zubedi and Dian Pelangi launched stunning « modest fashion » collections in an attempt to challenge stereotypes and prejudices. Speaking to The Guardian, Pelangi, 26, said: “We’re not oppressed and we just want to show the world that we still can be beautiful and stylish with our hijab on.” She has 4.8 million followers on Instagram.
Her « collection was a riot of colorful Indonesian materials, Batik print and tie dye covering women from head to toe in full skirts, wide pants, loose fitting jackets and rich brocade, » The British publication wrote. It was destined to affluent, modern, Muslim woman – and featured models who wore hijab all along.
As to Vivi Zubedi,30, who made her NYFW debut at the event with a diverse modest fashion collection said she felt moved to come partly because of Donald Trump, who has sought to restrict immigration from certain Muslim majority countries. “Mr President, I love your country and also I love your people, and we will not (do) anything to you or your people. We are all the same, it’s about humanity,” the Jakarta-based designer said.
Her collection featured several abayas – loose-flowing, head-to-toe garments. She sewed the words ‘Mekkah, Madinah, Jannah,’ on several of her gowns. Mekkah and Madinah being the two sites of Muslim pilgrimage and Jannah meaning paradise in Arabic.
This is certainly not the first time Muslim designers showcase during NYFW. During last year’s fashion week, Indonesia’s Anniesa Hasibuan made history when she became the first designer to ever showcase an entire collection with every look worn with a hijab.