A bold take on modest fashion

During last week’s New York Fashion Week, Christian Cowan debuted his colourful Ready-to-wear Fall 2109 collection. The young designer’s collection highlighted the culture of excessive oversharing on social media.

American-Somali model, Halima Aden closed the designer’s show in a hard-to-miss crystal embellished hijab.


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Halima made waves at NYFW when she closed the Christian Cowan show, in an oversized black and neon pantsuit and a chain-link crystal hijab. This fashion week was a big step for inclusive fashion, as we saw models from Arab and Muslim backgrounds dominate the runway. From the Hadid sisters, to Halima and Noor Tagouri walking in their hijab, to half-Saudi model Shanina Shaik – we saw the region represent.



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Christian’s show was well received, but he took to Instagram to talk about one specific look, and it was Halima’s. The designer posted a picture of the 21-year-old model on his account, which he captioned, “Creating the crystal link Hijab for @halima as the closing look of the show was such a special moment for me. The amount of messages I’ve received from Hijabi women has been so touching.”


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“I didn’t grow up dreaming I would dress just one kind of woman, I grew up dreaming of dressing all kinds of women. I wanted to show that modesty and glamour combined will always have power and impact on the runway, but also in real life. Halima we love you! You made this moment.”

The American-Somali model also walked Sheri Hill’s show at NYFW, where she rocked two looks. In one, Halima, who was born a refugee wore a one-of-a-kind cyan blue (UNICEF’s official colour) couture gown, which was available to win, where every $5 donation made to the CrowdRise campaign equaled one entry. Her other dress, was a baby pink long-sleeved gown with a matching hijab, which she said made her feel like a princess.


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Here is to more diversity on the runway!

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