Indonesian fashion designer Anniesa Hasibuan is here to revolutionize the American fashion industry, with a stunning runway show featuring 48 outfits, all with gorgeous hijabs. The collection was a bold move for the fashion industry, as Muslim women in the United States can be harassed for wearing hijabs in the workplace, and headscarves can make one a target on the street. And in France, a burkini ban was created, criminalizing Muslimah fashion.
Hijabs have been a versatile fashion statement for Muslim women for centuries. For many Muslim women in parts of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, the garment can not only symbolize the faith, but can be used as a socioeconomic marker of class, wealth, and political beliefs. Whereas Westerners previously viewed the hijab as “otherness,” the style has been regarded as extremely fashion forward in various parts of the world.
“I believe fashion is one of the outlets in which we can start that cultural shift in today’s society to normalize hijab in America so as to break down stereotypes and demystify misconceptions,” Melanie Elturk, chief executive of Haute Hijab, wrote on Instagram. “Last night’s show was a huge leap forward in that direction. Anniesa – thank you for the courage and strength to keep your designs and models true to your beliefs and not giving in to the pressure – you made history and we love you.”
Below, see a clip of the gorgeous designs at New York fashion week—a wildly successful runway show.