For many the term Modern Muslim Fashion will still remain a mystery as to what constitutes modern Muslim Fashion or what is Islamic Fashion Industry. Unlike any other fashion Industry, the Islamic fashion Industry resonates with the unique idea of full body coverage in terms of clothes i.e. attires which cover the female body without any skin-show. Tricky isn’t, yet you have many takers for the same.
The industry has gained credence gradually over the last five years owing to the growing number of women converts who are devoutly taking up hijab from different ethnicities but refusing to conform to the set stereotypes of Islamic clothing and infusing their own culture, of their native region or religion. So for example, an Irish blue eyed woman might wear tights or trousers over the knee length evening dress to make the attire halal and so and so forth. Thus, this need to be reckoned with one’s personal worth in terms of clothes along with innate faith propels young Muslimahs to chart the untapped of quarters of fiddling with fashion and faith. And this inadvertently gives rise to Muslim Fashion. This comes as no surprise that many contemporary fads of fashion cultures like the French couture to the European fall wear or the Pakistani bridal collection all seem to have an imprint of Islamic connotations when catering to the Muslims at large. Similarly the men’s wear too is donned up, giving a modern twist to the traditional motifs.
The sudden swing of Muslim beauty bloggers on YouTube from UK and US gives an insight into the growing demands for fashion of almost half a billion Muslimahs world over fixing their fashion faux pas. And perhaps Modern Muslim fashion could be also attributed to the digital age. Popular YouTubers like Dina Torkio and Amenah who started with giving simple hijab tutorials (dont’ miss out the turban –styled hijab of Dina) have also set up their own clothing lines respectively.
From the ill -sized ‘black-burkha’ and blue ‘Jilbaabs’ of Afghanistan to the long ‘Chador’ of Iran or ‘Abaya’ endorsed by the women in the middle east to the more daring ‘Burkinis’(Islamic swim-wear punned on bikini) temporary Muslim woman carries herself with `elan in rich couture and high street fashion tallying the ‘Halal’ quotient of their outfits.