So here’s a fact. Muslims are not just a bunch of boring people with no sense of fashion. We are actually like everyone else who has a different religious perspective. When it comes to looking good, we are no different. The fashion industry in the Muslim world has been growing rapidly in recent years. According to the 2015-2016 State of the Global Islamic Economy Report, Muslim consumers spend an estimated $230bn on clothing. This is considerably higher than the current clothing markets of many European countries. It is for this reason that many fashion designers are now introducing Islamic clothing brands. Dolce & Gabbana have unveiled an abaya collection and Uniqlo recently released a range of hijabs and “modest wear” designed by British-Japanese designer Hana Tajima. DKNY, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger and Mango have also designed one-off collections around Ramadan.
Today, Muslims, particularly Muslim women are caught between a need to catch up with the fashion trends, as well as the need to look like a Muslim. In other words, the need to combine fashion and modesty. Thanks to so many stylists, designers, and entrepreneurs, Muslim women can achieve both.
A British Muslim Convert who pioneered one of the first Islamic fashion online sites called Shukr. The purpose was to meet the needs of the numerous Muslims in Europe who wanted traditional Islamic clothing with style. Silwood’s company was a success and today, it has expanded to the United States, Middle East and North Africa.
The Founder of Modanisa, a Turkish-based e-commerce platform that has one of the largest consumer markets today. Modanisa offers over 200 Islamic fashion brands and sells clothing to more than 60 countries. He received $5m in backing from STC, a Saudi Arabian venture capital group and has been a motivation to many young and eager Muslim designers.
A UAE-based fashion designer who lived in the USA. She draws her inspiration from an incident after 9/11. According to her, many of her friends took off their hijab after this incident. She didn’t want to and decided to style and design her own hijabs and clothing. With time, she became a success and now caters to the needs of numerous Muslim women.
A Russian Muslim and the entrepreneur and designer behind Bella Kareema fashion. At first, she made Islamic clothing as a hobby. But a few years later, Bella’s designs begun fetching her money. She was selling her clothing and also taking part in fashion shows in London, Turkey and the UAE.
There are many more designers out there, and the Muslim fashion industry is still growing. Fashion is all about elegance and personal preferences. But whatever you do, do not forget the fundamentals; modesty.