The Hijab Takes NY Fashion Week Hostage

It seems like strict traditional Muslim clothing are going to be forced down our throats, whether we like it or not.

The difference between the American women of the ’50s and ’60s (whom wore scarves over their hair as a style statement and at free will) verses these women wearing the hijab is that this is a religious statement.

Any true feminist would be pissed about this. Why? The punishment that a Muslim woman receives for refusing to wear the hijab is to the likes of being brutally beaten, if not killed.

In just two seasons, Indonesian Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan has made the hijab her trademark — and dazzled New York fashion week’s catwalk this week by styling it with flowing, iridescent gowns fit for a princess.

Like in her New York show last fall — which cemented her status as a rising star — all of the models who showcased Hasibuan’s autumn/winter 2017 collection sported lustrous gray hijabs that sculpted the facial features while carefully covering the hair.

Other than the hijab, the traditional head and neck covering many Muslim women wear, the 30-year-old designer’s clothes evoked nothing of the “modest Muslim” style that sometimes stirs controversy and exacerbates anti-Muslim sentiment in western countries.

On the contrary, Hasibuan’s collection features shimmering, on-trend pleats, silver and golden ruffles, and long trains adorned with pearls, glitter or embroidery that recalled royalty of the Middle Ages.

The models were not chosen at random — the young designer held casting calls specifically seeking first and second-generation immigrants, seeking to show that “fashion is for everybody.”

“There is beauty in diversity and differences — something we should not be afraid of” she told AFP, speaking through an interpreter.

“I believe being a fashion designer can bring a lot of changes — and beautiful changes, of course.”


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