My Opinion on the Dolce and Gabbana Hijab’s and Abaya’s.

a journalism students-50.jpg

*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.

YPE

Follow me on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Youtube.a journalism students-50.jpg

 

 

Advertisements

11 comments

  1. Great piece. I’ve seen some Muslims making a fuss, complaining about the commercialisation for religion (where have we heard that before?), but Muslim women have been wearing (probably fake) Calvin Klein hijabs for years now. There is a market for this fashion, for sure, though it’s not my cup of tea. That said, I think we have some small Muslim labels to give D&G a run for their money, such as Inayah and Aab. Muslimah fashionistas have it good these days.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! I appreciate your comment. I hadn’t thought of the commercialisation of religion. I can see why that would cause a “fuss”. There’s a market for this fashion indeed! And I’m sure there is! I agree!

      Like

  2. *of* religion.

    Like

  3. This is such a great post! At first I was a bit worried. I didn’t know what to expect, but I have seen a lot of positive things about the decision.

    I’m not very religious myself – but I love to “study” other religions and the cultures behind them. So from my perspective I find this very satisfying, as I understand a lot of Muslim woman mostly wear very (now this is just from a woman’s point of view – no judgment!) dull colors and designs. It may be just what they like or can find in general. Having a real big designers like Dolce & Gabbana creating such pieces, even if we’re talking about modesty here, it can still give women a very fashion forward look that maybe a lot of them want in their style. I wish and hope other designers get the gist and start creating hijabs.

    I did find this interesting! And I will be sharing this post! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! May I ask why you were worried? Personally, as you can tell from the post, I am in support of the line. As I also explained, I’m Buddhist and would love something like this to reflect my religion. I’m glad that you are interested in learning about religions. I agree with what you’ve said. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You’re welcome and I was only worried about if you were hating on it, but once you explained Buddhist and were very open with how much you approved the line. I was no longer worried. Sorry, I should have explained that better!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. My best friend is a Muslim and follows Islam so I’m very open. It’s fine!

        Liked by 1 person

      3. I have quite a few friends that follow the Muslim faith and I support them 100% I would never make fun or say anything bad about their faith or you.

        I have an uncle who considers himself a Buddhist, even though he doesn’t necessarily talk about his faith with the rest of us, which is fair! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      4. I know! And it’s a very difficult faith to talk about sometimes as it is very complex. I’m writing a book on it for a friend. But I’m thinking about doing a post giving an introduction to Buddhism.

        Liked by 1 person

      5. Ooh cool! I think you should, I would like to know more about it! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      6. I’m learning things myself! I am doing it.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: