Saturday, October 23, 2010

Islamic Fashion


Malaysia's PM and wife, Rosmah, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and Qatar’s PM Sheikh Hamad pose as they arrive at the Islamic Fashion Festival in Monte Carlo. Image credit: http://royalnewsblog.com/2010/08/monacos-ruler-at-fashion-festival/

The PM’s wife, Rosmah Mansor was promoting the Islamic Fashion Festival (IFF) in Monte Carlo on August 09, 2010. I must admit that I am confused. Does Islam allow the showcasing of fashion? Is there such a thing as Islamic fashion in the first place? Methinks just because the designers come from Muslim countries do not make it Islamic couture! If you view the photos below, they are decidedly different from the familiar impressions of Islamic apparel held by many:
Models take to the catwalk during the 4th edition of the Islamic Fashion Festival Charity Gala in Monte Carlo. Image credit: http://www.emirates247.com/islamic-fashion-on-monaco-s-ramps-1.277555
A model presents a creation by Indonesian designer Ghea Panggabean. Image credit: http://www.emirates247.com/islamic-fashion-on-monaco-s-ramps-1.277555
A model presents a creation by Palestinian designer Hindi Mahdi. Image credit: http://www.emirates247.com/islamic-fashion-on-monaco-s-ramps-1.277555
A model presents a creation by Cameroun designer Parfait Behen. Image credit: http://www.emirates247.com/islamic-fashion-on-monaco-s-ramps-1.277555
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Rosmah is the patron for IFF and in her speech in the Principality of Monaco, she said she was extremely delighted to note the progress and growth of the IFF since it became an event that has an important bearing on Malaysia’s emergence as an Islamic fashion hub, as well as contributing to our international standing in the world’s fashion industry.
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It would be interesting to know what PAS thinks about this Islamic event that Rosmah is so passionate about.

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