A Muslim designer has made fashion history presenting the first all-hijab collection at New York Fashion Week.
Every single model sent down the catwalk by Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan wore a hijab. The bold move – especially in light of the burqa and burkini bans in Europe – was met with a standing ovation.
One of the most important shows of New York Fashion Week belongs to Anniesa Hasibuan, who has made history by sending every single one of her models down the runway in hijabs.
The stunning spring/summer 2017 collection saw models draped in a patchwork of silks, bejewelled accessories and intricate lace.
The show was a perfect example of how the East and West can work together, with lifestyle website Muslim Girl stating: “The Indonesian designer brought together the perfect elements of her cultural home country and the metropolitan western fashion world to create a beautiful harmony of fashion and modesty, because, yes — they don’t have to clash.”
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Anniesa Hasibuan sent 48 different looks down the runway, including 10 evening gowns and 38 were ready-to-wear pieces.
Impressively, her show also entered the history books twice – for the being the first all-hijab catwalk show at New York Fashion Week and with Hasibuan being the first Indonesian designer to be featured at the fashion week.
The first all-hijab catwalk show to showcase at the prestigious New York Fashion Week is a huge leap in breaking down barriers and eradicating stereotypes.
The designer who has previously held shows in London and Paris, told CNN: “I am so proud and thankful for everyone on the team who helped me so this event could happen, and I am so thankful to international and local media from Indonesia for exposing my show. I did not realise the result can be this amazing, and I am thrilled and humbled by the welcome reaction given.”
While Hasibuan, 30, is a relative newcomer to the fashion industry her big entrance into international fashion weeks will ensure she is not forgotten too quickly. She can certainly count us as new fans.