I'm late reporting the news, but this years New York Fashion Week was groundbreaking in more ways then one. And, not just in Marc Jacob's decision to appropriate black culture, while only donning white models with his “artistic vision”.
Indonesian designer, Anniesa Hasibuan, became the first person to feature traditional Muslim hijabs during NYFW. The 30 year old received standing ovations for her collection that included 38 ready to wear looks, ten of them fashionable evening gowns.
Melanie Elturk said of the show on Instagram that “fashion is one of the outlets in which we can start that cultural shift in today's society to normalize hijab in America so as to break down stereotypes and demystify misconeptions.” Anniesa Hasibuan is certainly doing that with her stunning and vivacious collection. The show although widely praised in Western society was criticized by some conservative groups in Indonesia who say these stylings “are not Islamic enough.”
This will certainly not be the last we hear of hijabs being marketed. H&M is targeting the Muslim community with an ad featuring a woman adorned in a hijab. Dolce & Gabbana has also released a stunning line of Muslim appropriate attire in order to tap into the elite Muslim consumer.