Celebrate Eid in Style

Manav Gangwani - FDCI Amazon India Couture Week 2015That being a Muslim girl does not have to mean to be a dark grey or dark brown non-saying person, can be seen at the too few websites which bring some fashion news for believers in the Islamic tradition.

From the Dutch lifestyle magazine for Muslims we do not hear much any more, so it would be good if Muslims in the Benelux and France could find some other fashion sites to bring more colour in the West European streets.

Let us hope tradition can meet the contemporary and that more designers will find their way also to bring more variation and beauty to the female faithful to God.

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It is nice to read that

In the few months since its launch The Fashion Orientalist has grown into a platform for established and new designers from India and the Middle East.

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Edward Wadie Said – 1 November 1935 – Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine

They are based in Amsterdam and work together with fashion designers and fashion events from all over the world. The person behind it, being of European and South Asian descent has always been a big fan of the fusion between the West and the East. She studied Communications, Media and Culture for many years and stumbled upon a journal written by Edward Said on Orientalism.

This Christian Arab who both defended the Islamic world and, by his own testimony, felt close to Jews for much of his life, was an academic who spent much of his time addressing the public, often having to cancel classes he taught at Columbia University because he was booked for television appearances.

Said’s scholarly works indicted Western cultural traditions as complicit in colonialism, but he played and wrote about European classical music extensively and enthusiastically. what seemed to have attracted the fashion girl was that

Said discussed the Western attitudes towards the East. How does the West portray the East? Very often we just use stereotypes, without any further knowledge about culture.

The book Orientalism, published by Pantheon (a mainstream, not an academic publisher) in 1978, took issue with Western depictions of the Middle East. Said’s central thesis was that Western views of Middle Eastern cultures were rife with stereotypes of irrationality, degeneracy, and violence. His demonstration of this thesis was perhaps the book’s most original component, as he showed how such stereotypes found their way into scholarly writings, literary and popular fiction, and journalistic writing in an interconnected web.

So The Fashion Orientalist her aim is to show fashion designs from the orient.

Designs made by designers from the East, for example India or the Middle East or even China. I do not want to solely focus on fashion from Eastern designers, I also want to show Western designs that are inspired by the East (or the other way around). If you combine fashion from the orient (the east) and the occident (the west) you get something I would like to call hybrid fashion.

Photography @ 2014 Roeland Topée | ZinneBeelden - www.zinnebeelden.com

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From the Ramadan into the eid

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Additional reading

  1. The Dress Code for Women in the Quran
  2. Coverings Worn by Muslim Women
  3. Meditating Muslimah on “hijab to be a religious obligation”
  4. Allowing dress code according liberty of religion
  5. Pew Research: How People in Muslim Countries Believe Women Should Dress
  6. How can Muslim fashion transform lives?
  7. The next big untapped fashion market: Muslim women
  8. The Rise of the Muslim Fashion Industry
  9. Nida Azwer Eid 2014: Where Traditional meets Contemporary
  10. Rami Kadi – Haute Couture Fall Winter 2015-16 – Lucioles
  11. FDCI Amazon India Couture Week 2015 – Favorite looks
  12. Know the Best Knowing About Muslim Clothing
  13. Islamic Fashion: “Fashion Plus Modesty” – A ‘Boom’ in the industry
  14. Give Your Wardrobe A Fashionable Yet Modest Makeover
  15. Luxury Fashion: Muslim Wear
  16. Post A – The Rise of Muslim Fashion
  17. Come To Know Here Online Portals Offering Muslim Clothing
  18. What H&M’s recent ad says about mainstream fashion 1
  19. What H&M’s recent ad says about mainstream fashion 2
  20. Bondowoso Embroidery go International
  21. D&G Launches an Abaya Collection
  22. Dolce & Gabbana and the Muslim market
  23. S.T.A.T. Exclusive: Dolce & Gabbana’s Fab Hijab & Abaya Collection!
  24. Olympian Asked to Remove Hijab at SXSW
  25. This Fast-Fashion Retailer Is Launching A Ramadan Collection
  26. Honor Your Identity and Select the Trendy and Traditional Garments
  27. Mango Launches Ramadan Collection 2016
  28. Latest Hijab Styles For Women on Eid
  29. Style trailblazers: Muslim fashion
  30. Fashion is Power
  31. Keeping cool
  32. Kimono Klassy
  33. Pop of Pink
  34. Turquoise Turns Pages
  35. Chevron Stripe Combo
  36. Brooches
  37. Jumpsuit
  38. Midterm Blues (or Blacks)
  39. Feeling Peachy: Ramadan Day 4
  40. Hijab – Updated
  41. Hijabi flavor
  42. How to style a simple White T-Shirt
  43. Urban Hijabee
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  52. In a world of Kardashians, be a Khadeejah RA.
  53. Madonna untuk memenuhi Toyboy Brahim Zaibat ibu, Who’s 8 tahun muda daripada dia.
  54. Takbir. Allahu Akbar. Eid Mubarak 1 Syawal 1437 H

The Fashion Orientalist

Ramadan is coming to an end and those who are fasting are preparing for their Eid celebrations. Fashion designers from the Middle East and other Islamic countries like Pakistan have recently released special Ramadan and Eid collections. Today I want to share 5 different outfits from these collections. These looks caught my eye in the past month: from beautiful, modest robes and gowns to sophisticated top and pants ensembles (shalwar kameez styles), each design beautifully embellished and embroidered. Get inspired!

Designs from:

Hanayen Ramadan 2016 collection, embellished with Swarovski crystals
EFFA Ramadan 2016 collection “Camelia”
Sania Maskatiya ”The Summer Bloom” Eid collection 2016
Saira Shakira Luxury Eid 2016 collection
Élan – Le Jardin Exotique Luxury Prét Eid Collection 2016

The Fashion Orientalist wishes those who celebrate Eid this wednesday, a wonderful, blessed day with their loved ones!

Let us know – what will you be wearing this Eid? Leave us…

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by | 2016/07/05 · 7:49 pm

2 responses to “Celebrate Eid in Style

  1. Hey, I have a more cultural outfit post for those interested: https://antara412.com/2016/03/12/ootd-bangladeshi-chic-edition/

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    • Dear Antara,
      Thank you very much for sharing that link, bringing our readers your view presenting it from the University of Michigan (though currently on a trip in Texas) and showing that even clothing considered to be super simple in your culture can be very beautiful.

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