Muslim clothing is hugely based around the notion of modesty. With recent Muslim runway shows being named ‘Luxurious Modesty’ it is clear there is no option for this to ever change. It seems fashion designers from western backgrounds are embracing the idea and are showcasing it in their recent designs. Previously, both fashion trends were poles apart and now a fusion can be seen growing between them. Hijabs have been incredibly fashionable, with models seen wearing them as a turban style in bright and bold colours. Western designs have had elements of conservative fashion and looking back it is obvious what was going to happen. With a massive recent trend being the maxi dress modest fashion has been in the pipeline for a while.
New York fashion designer, Nzinga Knight, was one of the first to combine the two trends. In a world where less is best she has taken the leap, opting to design modest fashion, catering for a wider audience and capturing the attention of customers and the fashion world. Her brave step has been a great decision, with evidence of conservative dress being a growing trend and her pieces standing out on the runway. Vivienne Westwood’s protégé, Barjis Chohan has also embraced the modest look. Creating a range, named after herself, of stylish and modest clothing. Aiming to create feminine clothes that are understated and luxurious, Chohan uses different materials for her show stopping pieces. Particularly aimed at Muslim ladies, the mainstream market has embraced her ideas and shown huge interest.
Both of these designers have turned the stereotypical view of Muslim fashion on its head. Seeing the element of dressing conservatively as a choice and allowing a woman to feel respected. Stylish yet modest abayas are now available, allowing the wearer to feel elevated in the fact they are praised for their conservative dress, still in line with their religion and following the fashion trends.
The stereotypes of a hijabs and abayas being bland are out of the window. Walk down the street and you will see an array of different colours, glitter and totally unique styles. While still very much in line with culture and religion, keeping modesty at the forefront of the design. The hijab boasts the wearer as a proud Muslim and a follower of fashion. Creating quite possibly one of the best statement pieces of fashion.