Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan is one to remember.
Though fashion week has been notorious for its lack of diversity on the runway, this season’s New York Fashion Week has been a great indicator that steps are being made to create a more inclusive space.
Anneisa Hasibuan’s D’Jakarta show will go down in history for being the first to include hijabs with every look in the collection.
The show is even more impressive considering Hasibuan only started her label a year ago.
For her NYFW debut, the Indonesian designer took inspiration from the city that the collection is named after. The luxurious line featured batiks, mosaics, and models who wore headscarves in silver, gold, and soft pink.
The Muslim designer is proud of her heritage and for having the chance to show at an international venue like New York Fashion Week. She told the Jakarta Post:
“I want to bring the Indonesian name to the fashion world, and use my clothes to introduce people to the different and diverse parts of Indonesia.”
Muslim women are a group that has often been neglected by the fashion industry. Thankfully, that is changing because of collections like Veil, a modest activewear line, and Dolce & Gabbana’s recent hijab and abaya range.
Many women choose to wear the Hijab because they feel it is a powerful and empowering garment. Back in April, H&M hijabi model Mariah Idrissi told A Plus why she choses to wear one.
“I found much interest in religion and history from a young age and saw the beauty in having modesty both inside and out,” Idrissi said.
Fashion should be about catering to the needs of all customers, and Anneisa Hasibuan’s D’Jakarta show is doing that, one beautiful garment at a time.