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The rise of 'modest' fashion

The rise of 'modest' fashion

By Monica Ainley and Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNN

Updated 1202 GMT (2002 HKT) March 8, 2017

(CNN)Modest dressing is a global cultural movement on the rise.

A search of the word modest on Instagram opens a treasure trove of evidence. Sensitive layering, long silhouettes, raised necklines -- so far, over half a million people have hashtagged the term modest fashion below their photos, and multiple spin-offs (modest dressing, modesty movement, modest style) are widely in use.
At a glance, modest dressing appears to refer to a trend seen predominantly among young Muslims, though on closer inspection the movement includes women of many different faiths, and sometimes has nothing to do with religion at all.



Valentino Autumn-Winter 2017
Photos: Modest fashion on the runway
Valentino Autumn-Winter 2017

Trend analysts have dubbed what they interpret as a new wave of feminism the "pluri-empowerment" factor, says Iza Dezon, a trend forecaster at Peclers Paris.
"An empowered woman is no longer subject to a specific definition, nor must she live by a specific set of values," she explains. "We're seeing the opening up of what empowerment means, allowing women to create their own definitions."
The modest movement has been gaining steam for a few years now and the hijab has become a recognized symbol. In 2014 DKNY launched a bespoke modest fashion collection. In 2016, Dolce & Gabbana released a line of luxury hijabs and abayas.
In the same year, H&M featured a Muslim model wearing a hijab in a video to promote their sustainable fashion line. Last November, Halima Aden was the first beauty pageant contestant in history to wear a hijab at the Miss Minnesota USA competition.
Last month, Aden was invited to Milan to walk the Max Mara and Alberta Feretti catwalk in her hijab, having also been cast by Kanye West for his Yeezy show in New York a few weeks earlier. This week, Nike announced the launch of their first "pro hijab."

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"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

Comments

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Modesty actually goes a long way
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Modesty actually goes a long way


    Absolutely nothing wrong with a little modesty.

    *But I do enjoy seeing a small bikini now and then.*

    If the politicians treat people this poorly when they're armed to the teeth,

    just imagine what they'll be willing to do once they've disarmed everyone.

  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    Personally I think the use of interesting designs and beautiful material with a flowing look is very attractive.  The models could look a little happier about their day!

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Personally I think the use of interesting designs and beautiful material with a flowing look is very attractive.  The models could look a little happier about their day!
    Often, models are told by the designer, what kind of expression to use on the runway.

    If the politicians treat people this poorly when they're armed to the teeth,

    just imagine what they'll be willing to do once they've disarmed everyone.

  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    tazweiss said:
    Personally I think the use of interesting designs and beautiful material with a flowing look is very attractive.  The models could look a little happier about their day!
    Often, models are told by the designer, what kind of expression to use on the runway.
    Agreed, the designers seem to think that a sullen expression expresses a moody sultry look.  Models are often encouraged to be practically anorexic as well, however both these looks are bad role models for young teenagers.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • I agree about the anorexia.  Healthy needs to be the new fashion statement.

    If the politicians treat people this poorly when they're armed to the teeth,

    just imagine what they'll be willing to do once they've disarmed everyone.

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    edited March 14
    From what I can see, no women look like models. There are of course naturally skinny women, but even they don't look like the models - they look like actual human beings rather than clones that seemed to have been pressed and cut from a strange plastic mold.

    This actually goes beyond shape and fashion. The sheer amount of makeup women wear these days is insane. Many women don't even look like how we see them on the street. It's essentially accepted deception, and many women are now indoctrinated to think that the way God created them is wrong, and that they need to hide that so that they look like a magazine cover created by people who care little of them and view them as nothing more than commodities to be bought and sold.

    I don't mean that it's some enormous wrongdoing to put on some lipstick, but it just seems that women are taught that they are ugly if they aren't painted like the side of a house, and men seem to accept this as normal rather than rejecting magazine ideology.
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    Thanks to social media and film gossip we have children wearing nail polish at 6 and 7 and older primary school girls and boys getting their hair streaked or straightened.  Indoctrination is a good word for it.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • "An empowered woman is no longer subject to a specific definition, nor must she live by a specific set of values," she explains. "We're seeing the opening up of what empowerment means, allowing women to create their own definitions."


    Ok, but how does fabricating the definitions yourselves and then telling women to adopt and follow them fit in with that?  If women were as empowered as they say then 90% of shopping stores at malls and elsewhere wouldn't be dedicated to women's fashion.
  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    edited March 14
    From the article:
    Last month, Aden was invited to Milan to walk the Max Mara and Alberta Feretti catwalk in her hijab, having also been cast by Kanye West for his Yeezy show in New York a few weeks earlier. This week, Nike announced the launch of their first "pro hijab."

    Could longer dresses and higher necklines be a way of blending acceptance of  hijabs into western fashion? That's the direction I thought the article was taking us.  Each year a few chosen designers dictate fashion including length and colour and often several brand names are owned by one company. Some stock exchange listed. Fashion isn't all about what women want. It's about steering them into the shop and manipulating them into buying new clothing every year so they feel fashionable. Money as always is the bottom line. The money is the pie and everyone wants a share of what we have.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

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