Arab-origin, Muslim models take over runways at Milan Fashion Week

Arab-origin, Muslim models take over runways at Milan Fashion Week
Amina Adan and Halima Aden walked the runway for Max Mara. (@amina_adan)
Updated 25 February 2018

Arab-origin, Muslim models take over runways at Milan Fashion Week

Arab-origin, Muslim models take over runways at Milan Fashion Week

DUBAI: From Somali-American star Halima Aden to lesser known beauty Amina Adan, hijab-wearing models and beauties of Arab descent are taking Milan Fashion Week by storm.
Both models walked for Max Mara in the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2018 show on Thursday, alongside such fashion stars as Gigi Hadid and Cindy Crawford’s daughter, Kaia Gerber.
Aden sported a silky headscarf and skirt-and-trousers combination while Adan, who was raised in Denmark, showed off a grey checkered blazer paired with a black leopard-print scarf.
After the show, Adan took to her Instagram page to thank Max Mara for the experience, posting: “Thank you for this amazing experience, @maxmara.”
Far from being the only Muslim models to take Milan by storm, the pair were joined in the fashion-forward city by models-of-the-moment Gigi and Bella Hadid, both of whom walked in a variety of shows, including Missoni, Versace and Alberta Ferretti.

Thank you for this amazing experience @maxmara #Aminainmilan

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For her part, Imaan Hammam, a Dutch model of Egyptian and Moroccan descent, walked the runway for Versace on Friday, dressed in a figure-hugging, belted black mini-dress.

Backstage @versace

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However, despite the two hijab-clad models and litany of international names garnering praise from pro-diversity fashion insiders, some critics are slamming Italian fashion house Gucci for outfitting white models with headscarves and turbans in the brand’s Feb. 22 show.
Actor and model Avan Jogia sparked debate on Twitter after he tweeted a photo of a white model wearing a turban, saying: “Yo, @gucci... I mess with you guys... but this isn’t a good look for you... could you not find a brown model?”
Meanwhile, fashion photographer Faiyaz Kolia told Indie magazine that “Gucci got to pick and choose from cultural imagery all the things that are aligned to their ‘fantasy’ narrative without any consequences, and then so easily put on white skin… What message does that send? That it’s ok to wear a hijab if you’re young, beautiful, rich, and white but not if you’re actually a Muslim or a person of color?”


Saudi Arabia launches Fashion Incubation Program to support local talent

Updated 04 December 2020

Saudi Arabia launches Fashion Incubation Program to support local talent

Saudi Arabia launches Fashion Incubation Program to support local talent

RIYADH: The Ministry of Culture launched its Fashion Incubation Program on Thursday. The program is designed to uncover, support and promote local creatives and entrepreneurs in the fashion sector.

The program’s first phase is a three-day virtual “fashion hackathon,” which, according to the ministry’s website, will see participants split into small groups to “solve some specific challenges in the field within a short period of time.” The winners will receive a five-day trip to Milan Fashion Week, while three runners-up will receive financial rewards and other prizes.

The second phase is a “boot camp” — a five-day virtual event focused on fashion and entrepreneurship that will help participants to develop their ideas, network, and receive support and guidance from regional and international fashion professionals.

The third phase — “Babysitter” is a longer-term incubator providing participants with the guidance and support necessary to “establish foundations and help them strengthen their product,” according to the site.

Registration is currently open for the first phase of the program at the following link: https://engage.moc.gov.sa/fashion_incubation.