The collection will be sold in the Middle East, London and Paris

By Sarah Kinonen
Updated January 06, 2016 03:50 PM
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Dolce & Gabbana is taking culture into consideration with its latest collection by launching a line of hijabs and abayas.


Courtesy Dolce & Gabbana

The Italian fashion house debuted its Abaya collection, which was inspired by “the desert dunes and skies of the Middle East” and traditional Muslim garb.


Courtesy Dolce & Gabbana

Each dark-hued, ankle-length abaya in the collection is made with georgette and charmeuse fabrics, mixed with lace and floral detailing, which faintly resemble motifs from its spring/summer 2016 runway collection and fit Dolce & Gabbana’s classic romantic aesthetic.

And every high-end abaya is paired with a matching headpiece, known as a hijab. The complete Abaya collection will be available in the label’s boutiques in the Middle East, London and Paris.

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Dolce & Gabbana isn’t the first fashion brand to represent the Muslim culture through design. In 2015, fast-fashion label H&M launched a powerful ad campaign showcasing its first-ever hijab-wearing model, Mariah Idrissi.

“It always feels like women who wear hijab are ignored when it comes to fashion,” she told
Fusion
. “Our style, in a way, hasn’t really mattered, so it’s amazing that a brand that is big has recognized the way we wear hijab.”

She added: “It might be because hijab fashion has boomed in the last few years and to finally see a hijab in mainstream fashion is a big achievement.”

What do you think of Dolce & Gabanna’s new collection? Do you think this collection will lead to more culturally accepted fashion ads and/or collections? Sound off below!

–Sarah Kinonen