The Italian fashion house, Dolce & Gabbana, created its first line of veils and long robes for Muslim women in the $8.7 luxury market in the Middle East. 
Despite conservative mores, fashion and Islam are not incompatible as long as the clothes match religious obligations and modesty. Sensing an economic opportunity in the lucrative Arabian market, the ready-to-wear company adapted their collections for wealthy Muslims
Destined for women in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf region, the flamboyant Italian designers launched a line of hijabs -- veils that cover the hair and the neck -- and abayas -- long robes that cover the entire body, including the face. Using motifs from their 2016 Spring collection with flowers and lace, the pieces employ subtle patterns and a neutral palette of black, white and brown. The ample cuts ignore the waist and maintain a straight cut from the shoulders to the hips.

Photo: Dolce & Gabbana
"Muslims represent 22 percent of the [global] population and their clothing needs are too often dismissed by the big houses of couture and European ready-to-wear," claimed Stefano Dolce and Domenico Gabbana. 
Photo: Dolce & Gabbana
While women in most Muslim countries wear hijabs and other variations, some  Muslim countries and scholars require women to wear full-body clothing that only reveal the eyes. For decades, women have been adorning helmlines, sleaves and other parts of their clothing with jewelry and cyrstals to differentiate themselves, including the piece of cloth in the middle of the eye slit of a niqab.
Photo: Dolce & Gabbana
More designers are entering the rich, Muslim market. Oscar de la Renata, Mongo, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, and Monique Lhillier produce Muslim women's clothing in limited quantities, often during Ramadan.

Photos (above and below): Dolce & Gabbana
The exceptions: Bold prints and flamboyance rarely seen in Muslim countries.



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