It’s been circulating ALL of my social media platform feeds ALL week, the news that Dolce & Gabbana’s line of abayas and scarves is set to release October 2016, so it’s only polite for me to address it I suppose!
I feel like I should be happy, ecstatic even, perhaps eternally grateful? That’s what seems to be the general reaction to this news so far. But, I can’t help but feel incredibly underwhelmed, possibly even a tiny bit insulted by the collection. I’ve dreamed the day a major design house would officially recognise us, hijab clad muslim women and finally ‘cater’ to us. But my dream wasn’t resulting in a line of lacey, embroidered traditional abayas and matching scarves. Something I’ve grown up with and a look that every muslim woman is all too familiar with. Something that the local ‘abayas r us’ in Brummy might have. Or if you fancy something a little more luxury, ‘abaya gold’ in Dubai would suffice. I dreamed of being able to look at signature gowns on the runway and imagine myself in one, hijab and all. I dreamed of being included in the mainstream of haute couture & whilst D&G have managed to recognise us with this collection, they’ve also managed to exclude us.
Fashion conscious Muslim women in the form of bloggers, designers & stylists have been taking centre stage for a good few years showing the world that modesty & style can coincide with faith. With barely a nod of applaud or recognition, until D&G fancies putting their stamp all over a very traditional middle eastern style & claim it’s originality.
So Thank you, but no thank you.