Why the Dolce & Gabbana Hijabs Are So Important
Dolce & Gabbana announced yesterday on Style.com Arabia a new addition to their pre-fall line – hijabs and abayas. The Dolce & Gabbana hijabs mark the first ever line of haute couture hijabs designed by a major couture label.
The hijabs, (a traditional Muslim head scarf worn by women) which are decorated in lace and various intricacies, are unmistakably Dolce and Gabbana and unbelievably gorgeous. They’re made in a variety of neutral colors, and ranging from sheer to light weight fabric. But the announcement of their new hijab line means a lot more than style.
There’s no denying the Islamophobia is alive and well in the western world (replace anything Donald Trump says about ‘muslims,’ replace it with ‘jews,’ then ask yourself if you sound like a Nazi). It’s also no secret that fashion hasn’t always been a champion for social justice issues; there are struggles with cultural appropriation, racism, and other issues almost every season.
But with the introduction of the haute couture hijab, we might be one step closer to greater inclusion and breaking down racial and religious barriers.
Seeing a luxury label designing and promoting cultural and religion traditions outside of western ideals opens up doors and highlights these traditions in a non-radical way. While it doesn’t come close to erasing all of the racism in our world, seeing a model in a hijab on a luxury advertisement is a welcome addition to all of the negative imagery hijabis usually face.
Of course, Dolce and Gabbana isn’t trying to solve the world’s problems. The Middle East and Asia is where the majority of luxury labels make their profits. The city of Dubai and country of Qatar are some of the most wealthy in the world. Hijabi fashion is huge outside of the western market. In a numbers game, it’s actually shocking that no one has released designer hijabs and abayas before.
But a win is a win.
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