I am a designer who is passionate about designing a garment/collection that has a meaning, story and message behind it. Therefore, My Collection " Hands of My Hijab" is a collection that brings awareness to the fashion industry to design more modest wear that actually fits modest/Muslim women's needs.
The lack of modest wear is a struggle that modest and Muslim women face within the fashion industry. This also reflects on my personality and who I am, as a woman who dresses modestly and wears a hijab can be quite difficult to dress stylish or in a way that makes me feel confident and at the same time modest. “Hands of My Hijab” is a contemporary and influential collection that can be worn by any woman whether she wears a hijab or not. This collection is to empower women to be confident with who they are.
In many cultures, butterflies symbolise hope, change and resilience. Therefore, it will represent the message behind my collection which is a change in the fashion market and hope for Muslim women to be resilient about dressing to what makes them feel confident and represents their personality. I don't want to design the same thing that every designer does when designing a modest collection. Therefore, I designed an initiative collection that fits within the Western and Eastern fashion markets.
The collection has a unique approach to silhouette, embroidery, print and colour use. The prints and embroidery in this collection are bright and bold in each garment. In look 2 I have done a tackle stitch digital embroidery using UV (glow in dark) thread, representing the hidden details when the butterfly opens its wings. This also links to the way women cover their beauty by dressing modestly.
The cocoon coat in look 3 was one of the most challenging garment I came across this collection as its heavily embroidered using a neon thread, replicating the colour of the inspired butterfly. It was difficult and challenging to get the embroidery aligned from the front, back and sides of the coat as this was my first time doing a digital placement embroidery as big as this. For the silhouette I want it to be new and unusual tailoring silhouette therefore, I made the outer shape of the coat cured like a cocoon, dropped the shoulders for an over-sized silhouette and made the sleeves dramatic by adding two pleats at the top. Look 2 is a loose fit dress with blown sleeves, this dress is about ten meters of 100% cotton, that has digital embroidery using black thread and glow in dark thread which glows in to neon green. Throughout designing this collection I have allows kept on mind the modestly dressed women and what she wants.