Not only does fashion come in all shapes and sizes, it also comes in various cultures, religions and beliefs. This viral thread by a Twitter user who goes by the handle @seokthestallion encapsulates precisely that.
The caption “best dressed Hijabi edition to give u inspo” speaks for itself. Beautiful, colorful, experimental, creative, modern and unique, these are some of the best dressers of the Muslim world.
From niqabi skater girls to super fashionable influencers wearing abayas, get ready for some mega fashionistas who prove that religious code is yet another way to take your style to a whole new level! No wonder the thread blew up with 54.9K retweets and comments, as well as 237.2K likes adoring these fashion goals big time.
According to the Global Islamic Economy report, the worldwide market for Muslim clothing is forecast to be worth £281B by 2020. It just shows how much room for creativity and exploration there is in the Muslim fashion industry for both business and wearers alike.
However, some misconceptions on fashion in the Muslim world are still going strong, which keeps us away from more dramatic change. One British-Japanese designer and visual artist named Hana Tajima believes that "The biggest misconception is that there is such a thing as Muslim fashion.” In reality, “it's all just clothing.”
A step towards bringing the Muslim world into fashion was made back in 2016 by Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan, who presented a collection at New York Fashion Week. Inspired by her hometown Jakarta, the designer presented flowy trousers and tunics, and all models were wearing hijabs.
She wrote on Instagram: "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.” And the standing ovations proved society is finally moving towards this.