All-Hijab Show at New York Fashion Week Creates Fashion History

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28-year-old Indonesian fashion designer Anniesa Hasibuan stole the show at the New York Fashion week with the first-ever collection to feature hijabs in every outfit.

hijab at new york fashion week
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

With her stunning Spring Summer ’17 collection, simply titled, D’Jakarta, the Muslim designer delighted the crowds so much that she received a standing ovation towards the end, with many chanting her name as she left the ramp walk.

hijabs in new york fashion week
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

“Muslims of the world and all of you, beautiful people … thank you so much for supporting me,” Hasibuan wrote on Instagram.

hijabs in new york fashion week
Anniesa Hasibuan waves to the crowd for their support during the New York Fashion Week, September 2016

Models wore flowing gowns, trousers, and skirts in an array of feminine fabrics like silk, lace, and chiffon. Metallics and pastels dominated the color scheme of all the outfits including the hijabs.

hijabs in new york fashion week

The collection showcased 48 different looks out of which 10 were evening gowns while the rest were ready-to-wear pieces. “My wearers can now feel like princesses in their day-to-day lives, not just on special occasions,” she told The Jakarta Post.

hijabs in new york fashion week

One stand-out outfit was a flowy gold lace dress, featuring floral embroidery and a fringed lace train.

The designer told CNN: “I am so proud and thankful for everyone on the team who helped me so this event could happen, and I am so thankful to international and local media from Indonesia for exposing my show. I did not realize the result can be this amazing, and I am thrilled and humbled by the welcome reaction given.”

hijabs in new york fashion week

This was Anniesa’s debut fashion show in the US. Previously, Anniesa had showcased her work in the runways of London and Paris. She is also the first Indonesian designer to participate in the New York Fashion week.

hijab in new york fashion week

Anniesa attributes her home city Jakarta as the inspiration behind this collection.

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Aparna Ghildiyal
I’m a true blue gypsy at heart. YES is my buzzword. Planning a travel adventure? You can always count me in. Treat me to good food, and you can be my friend forever. Fashion has been my guilty pleasure ever since I was a little girl who loved poring over the sparkling jewels and opulent gowns of Disney princesses. Keeping fit and showing love to my body is what keeps me feeling good. I LOVE those looooong discussions and stimulating experiences concerning spirituality, religion, and things beyond – the explorer in me is forever fascinated by these. A neuroscientist-turned-writer-turned-online marketer, my little 5-year-old career has seen me wearing multiple hats. In my world, there are no rules chiefly because I ain’t got no motivation to make or break ‘em.

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