The hijab and abaya have taken centre stage on the New York runway as up-and-coming Indonesian designers kicked off an increasingly diverse fashion week. Dian Pelangi of Dian Pelangi Fashion label led this. She was one of five Indonesian designers who presented collections at the show on the first day of fashion week.
This is coming on the verge of US President Donald Trump, who has sought to restrict immigration from certain Muslim majority countries.
“We’re not oppressed and we just want to show the world that we still can be beautiful and stylish with our hijab on,” said designer Dian Pelangi, 26, who has 4.8 million followers on Instagram.
Two of the five fell into the category “modest fashion” – in this instance designed specifically for the affluent, modern, religiously observant Muslim woman – and featured models who covered their hair in Islamic style.