Muslimah Designers Debut at DC Fashion Week

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The 19th season of DC Fashion Week  (DCFW) offered something new and long waited.  The Haute and Modesty Show held September 27, 2013 featured for the first time seven Muslimah designers at the historic National Press Club in Washington, DC.

The diverse audience of women, young and old, traditional, conservative and fashionistas were treated to two hours of designs starting with clothing for girls to “tweens” and quickly presented clothing from casual, leisure and modest swim wear to formal evening gowns and special event outfits for adult women of all sizes.

“I was so proud of my sister designers and working with them was an honor,” said Baqiyah Adam, Design Director for Areej Fashions, the organization that planned the show.

She organized the designers as well as showcased her own designs for girls called Mali Rose. “They traveled from California, Seattle, Delaware, Atlanta, New Jersey and Philadelphia.  They never complained about the deadlines or tasks that were presented to them and showed an awesome amount of professionalism backstage getting ready for the show.”

“The designers pushed themselves, put in a lot of hard work and created beautiful, exquisite garments for the runway. Alhumdulillah, each designer, in their own unique way, played an intricate part in making DC Fashion Week Haute and Modest Fashion night a success.”

Internationally recognized DCFW is a partnership of independent fashion designers, producers and models. It is the fastest growing international fashion week exhibit in the world as it now reaches an audience of more than 10 million per event.

More than 150,000 admirers and growing followed DCFW in anticipation of its 19th season where Spring/Summer 2014 collections were presented at multiple venues in the nation’s capital from the September 23 to 29, 2013.

“We are delighted to be the first major entity in North America to provide a highly visible platform specifically for modesty fashion designers,” said Ean Williams, creator and executive director of DCFW.

The response from women in attendance ranged from, “fabulous,”  “incredible” and “the best fashion show I’ve ever been to.”

At the end of the program, Mr. Williams also highly impressed, gave a public invitation to Areej Fashions to do another show next year in February, 2014 during the 20th season of DC Fashion Week.

The group welcomed the invitation and promises an even better show when fall and winter designs will be presented.

If you missed the show, pictures can be seen at where you can also purchase the designs.