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22 Aug

In conversation with Rabia Z

Emirati designer Rabia Z at Fashion Pakistan Week in Karachi.  AHI: We have the very first corporate sponsored billboard for women who cover their heads… RZ: …that is fantastic. It is common here in the Gulf but nice to see it outside of GCC. AHI: Meanwhile, what I see as an ‘extremist’ streak of menswear designers are promoting their collections through very disturbing campaigns of women with their faces completely muffled under their scarves… RZ: They are probably trying to copy the West, misrepresenting Muslim women and then calling it “art”! AHI: What do you say for human figures featured without a head? RZ: This bit is OK.  Even net-a-porter does that with their video clips of outfits as do Islamic clothing...
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