Dolce & Gabbana Debuts Stunning Line of Hijabs & Abayas for Muslim Women


Considering that the worldwide Muslim population is at 23 percent (and growing), it's kind of a surprise that we don't see more clothing geared toward Muslim women and men in stores and on runways. But one major fashion house is ready to change this: Dolce & Gabbana just released its first collection of hijabs and abayas.

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The Abaya collection is all neutrals: blacks, whites, and sandy tones mixed with lace and Dolce & Gabbana's signature florals. They're gorgeous, they're couture, they're chic. And we're so happy.

All 14 looks are featured on Style.com/Arabia, but here's a preview:

According to Business Insider, Muslim women are a $266 billion market that's largely untapped by Western fashion houses -- though other major brands are already making moves toward them. DKNY and Tommy Hilfiger already sell clothes for Muslim women, and H&M debuted their first hijab-wearing model last year. 

There's lots of great stuff going on here, and we're excited to see the market expand. Dolce & Gabbana's hijabs and abayas are classy and chic, but we also want to see more colors and more glitz and more variety in style. Honestly, the more the better.

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While we're talking about it, though, it's probably also worth pointing out that hijabs and abayas and other similar garments serve a religious purpose for Muslim women, and non-Muslim women wearing them for fashion purposes could probably be considered cultural appropriation. 

That appropriation/appreciation line is a vague one that always seems to be moving, and some Muslim women seem excited by the possibility of their fashion migrating into the non-Muslim world. Others don't. There's no right answer, but it's good to be aware of.

Also, at the end of the day, it's probably better to support local markets and Muslim-owned businesses who are also designing gorgeous and fashionable abayas. But a bigger, more saturated market can only be good thing, and it's hard to complain about major fashion houses finally looking at and targeting Muslim women, even if it is only for a profit.

Anyway! The Abaya collection. It's gorgeous. We love it. Give us more.

 

Image via dolcegabbana/Instagram

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