Growing up I rarely saw any exposure of hijab wearing women in the Fashion industry until more recently. Being a person of colour and someone who wears the hijab, I wanted to express my identity through Fashion.
I have always had a keen interest in Fashion and was often intrigued by the ability to express one's identity through Fashion. During sixth form I studied Biology, Art and English literature A-Levels drifting towards a direction I was unsure about. Fashion was always in the back of my mind but was often considered a big risk to take with many people not realising the true potential the Fashion industry holds. I decided to pursue the thing I loved the most without looking back and I am very grateful to be able to study Fashion to a university standard.
My collection: ‘Pakistani Baroque' is a visual demonstration of the British Pakistani identity that reflects on two culture’s intertwining history. My collection uses the Baroque era as a representation of British culture drawing inspiration from architecture, print and interior decoration. Examples of architecture used as inspiration range from ‘The Palace of Versailles’ to the ‘Badshahi Mosque’.
My collection aims to bring about a blend of the West and the East portraying the adaptions and changes in culture found within over 400,000 British Pakistanis. Another aim of the collection is to produce unique garments inspired by streetwear breaking the stereotypes of typical Baroque and Pakistani clothing. Furthermore, to use Fashion in a way that encapsulates traditional Pakistani garment embroidery and to provide a new, unique approach to modestwear. Designs with modesty in mind.
Pakistani fashion is commonly associated with detailed embroidered garments. To pay homage to this, I hand embroidered the sleeves of my press outfit around the print inspired by the Baroque era. By doing so I felt a deep rooted connection between Pakistan and England's history, marrying the two cultures to represent British Pakistanis.