I am a feminist, I made my own choice in how I dress, and I CHOOSE to dress modestly. I find it to be more liberating because I am exerting control over the ownership of my body. I dress to show my personality and character, not sexuality.
While the outsider may perceive this as a restriction of women’s freedoms, it is actually a liberation and reflection of the current rise of feminism.
Let me explain:
TO EMPOWER THROUGH FASHION
Fashion in itself is another form of creative expression; through design, style, and creative direction. At the same time it is a platform for communication eg British Vogue’s new editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful’s politically-charged editorials, Coco Chanel challenging the authority of men by making pants for women, and Diana Vreeland in shifting fashion media through using style to express socio-political issues.
MODERN MUSLIM WOMEN ARE MORE EDUCATED, CONFIDENT AND INDEPENDENT.
The modern muslim woman has been influenced by feminism and woman empowerment, and has broken into this industry, through the existing rise of modest fashion. This woman is far more educated and independent, and seeks knowledge an understanding of the islamic way of life through the Quran. She grew confident in expressing her individuality and personality through fashion, while maintaining and showcasing the beauty of her faith.
MODERN WOMEN ARE IN CONTROL OF THEIR OWN POSSIBILITIES
This has not only driven equal rights for modest women, but also benefited society at large:
Halima Aden has shown us that we can be models, Nabilabee has shown us that we can be bloggers, Dian Pelangi has shown us that we can be designers, and Vivy Yusof has shown us that we can be entrepreneurial. All this has contributed to socio-economy in a big way.
WOMEN (OTHER THAN MUSLIMS) MAKING IT MODEST AS A WAY TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES.
Modest fashion is not only embraced by muslim women, many women are also making the shift n their style to express themselves, rather than for pleasing others; trends such as layering, supersize silhouettes, high neck lines, low hem lines, baggy pants have been seen in current fashion.
MODEST FASHION IS GROWING : SGFW 2017 x MODESTYLE
Modest fashion is still a growing industry that is constantly being redefined, with more players coming in not only in the international scene, but from local startups as well.