*Disclaimer* – These opinions are my own and do not intend to cause any offence. I support the launch of the line but speak from another perspective at the end of the article to provide a flip side to the argument I’m proposing here.
Dolce and Gabbana has launched an Abaya and Hijab line and it has got me going gaga! I don’t follow Islam as a faith, nor am I a Muslim but I still find the pieces exquisite. Having a best friend who is both of the above – we cooed at the pieces. Although there is a hefty price tag, it’s a step in the right direction for cultural clothing.
I want to explore cultural dress in the fashion industry in this post specifically.
So, if you don’t know already I’m Buddhist.
I did a post over on Fashion North about fashion as a Buddhist (you can read it here). In short, if you don’t want to read the article, here’s an extract:
Lay people like myself are not required to wear anything specific.
Some Buddhists voluntarily wear yellow or white to represent the ‘Middle Way’ which is something we believe in. Yellow is also the colour of Buddha’s robes.
Other Buddhists wear modern clothing but focus on the colours of the Buddhist flag: yellow, white, orange, blue or red. The different colours represent the important concepts of Buddhism.
Simplistic clothing must be worn within a Buddhist temple and should be observed when practicing meditation so many lay people wear collared shirts, polo tops and loose-fitting pants.
So while there isn’t any specific cultural dress that identifies me as a Buddhist, you could still identify me as a Buddhist if I didn’t tell you because you could look at the colours that I wear.
With Islam, it’s different. You have the hijab, the nijab and the abaya.
The hijab is a head covering worn by Muslim women to stay covered. Modesty is important and it is encouraged that women cover themselves. (Zamir, 2016)
The abaya is a full length garment.
The nijab is a face veil also worn by Muslim women. It an optional choice and is worn when a muslim woman feels that her face is to only be seen by her family. (Zamir, 2016)
What does this mean for Dolce and Gabbana? Are they doing the right thing or the wrong thing?
By now, you’ve gauged my opinion – they are doing the right thing.
All of the pieces are stunning. There’s a variety of patterns and types of material. The lace pieces are my favourite – especially the nude one.
You can take a look at all of the pieces here.
But with all of the hype at the moment surrounding Islam and being a Muslim, are they going to push the limit and create more hatred by bringing attention to the hijab and abaya in a negative way?
I hope not.
Of course, I think it’s a positive thing that a big fashion brand such as Dolce and Gabbana is highlighting faith clothing. The brand is also high end too, so it’s even better. It could possibly have more reach, giving it more of an influence.
Well done D&G. Well done!
What do you think? Let me know below or on my social media.