Designers don’t want to be compartmentalised words like “modest ” “traditional ” “islamic ” what Exactly is “Islamic wear” ?
Sites that target modest fashion are fantastic and I fully support them don’t get me wrong however; what words of the such do to us Is put us in a box that will never be able to get out of should we choose to want to diversify or creativity take it elsewhere.
In fact what it does is sidetrack us.
When I meet new people and they ask me what type of clothing do you design? I have realised with time that it’s best to keep it the description short ‘ if I say Men’s wear or women’s wear they are automatically curious . If I say traditional wear they nod their heads and say awwww nice and start judging which to me is Really annoying . When they finally see my design they are like it’s Traditional but there is nothing traditional about it .It’s actually quite modern and relevant . It happens to me every time . Don’t get me wrong I appreciate the compliments but what I don’t like is being Judged for my talent being immediately placed in a box .
So all of you designers that want to associate yourself as modest it’s great but be cautious as you will be limiting yourself to only being in one category versus being viewed as a “DESIGNER ” shouldn’t that be the ultimate goal of each designer ? To have his or her craft or signature style recognised for its talent not category? Hi
Do you think Pierres Balmain or Christian Dior became who they became by limiting themselves to just one category? They were are actually one of the first to start modest style fashion. More covered silhouettes started way before this latest new movement . In Particular the 1940’s which was a personal favourite of mine . I don’t think that Rita haiworth or any of the images here had the intention to be modest.
And designers all over the world then and now are taking into consideration women who prefer modest style such as dolce valentino Osman and others… so does that mean they are now considered “modest designers”? Absolutely not… they are just providing for women of all tastes and styles just like they used to in the old days . But funnily enough we are moving backwards instead of forward.
modesty doesn’t mean covering up in a conservative way but being comfortable in your own skin. It’s now being used for marketing purposes but can be debilitating for Designers.
Here are also some examples of the So called “Modest” examples from the 17th and 18th Century