When H&M made headlines last year for featuring their first-ever Muslim woman, 23-year-old Mariah Idrissi, in their fashion campaign, they were widely praised for playing their part for highlighting diversity in the industry. Though we have a long way to go in terms of full inclusion for all ethnicities, shapes and sizes, baby steps are at least being taken, which is positive. Women of varied mobility featured in New York Fashion Week and Madeline Stuart, the second-ever model with Down Syndrome also participated in the high-profile event.
Now another major brand is following in the footsteps of H&M and has taken the issue up a notch. Dolce & Gabbana has unveiled its first-ever hijab and abaya collection, making the label one of the first major designers to do so. Though it is worth noting that other boutiques such as Net-A-Porter now offer a “Ramadan Edit” specially tailored for the annual holy month, so efforts are being made to address this prominent demographic of women. The hijabs and abayas — the latter of which are the full-length, sleeveless dresses worn by some Muslim women — are featured in a variety of different styles; their Spring 2016 collection offer garments with daisies, lemons and red roses, as well as more demure options. You can see some of the designs below, and we think they are pretty gorgeous:
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H&M model Idrissi told Fusion that she hoped that, at long last, the industry was beginning to change for the better in this regard. “It always feels like women who wear hijab are ignored when it comes to fashion,” she said. “Our style, in a way, hasn’t really mattered, so it’s amazing that a brand that is big has recognised the way we wear hijab.”
It will be interesting to see how many other labels follow in D&G’s footsteps.