Saturday, December 6, 2008

Beyond the Burqa

From the Seattle Times:
"The [Islamic Fashion] festival opened last week to a catwalk-show audience of Malaysian royal princesses and corporate women who cheered an avant-garde celebration of chiffon and crystals that cast off black burqas, austere abayas and homely head scarves. Shows featured 1,000 outfits by top couturiers from Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Pakistan and the Philippines.

Diverse influences lent a twist to typically loose tunics and serpentine skirts.

Models strutted the festival runway in silver-shot scarves sparkling with Viennese-made Swarovski crystals. Some designers drew inspiration for their evening gowns, prayer clothes, bridal outfits and full-body Lycra swimsuits from Indian Mughal carpet motifs, Spain's Moorish palace patterns and even Moroccan scenes."

I personally don't see why women cannot be both fashionable and modest at the same time. Some of the fashions were truly universally appealing.

1 comment:

Lucy said...

Fashion should be about feeling wonderful in what you wear. It also should be about the right outfit for the right situations...and personally, as long as you're not indecent and can be a reflection of who you are and how you feel. I go by that saying: If you wear it with flair- it'll look wonderful. So kudos to the fashion show! Thanks for this great post.