Muslim designer makes history with hijab collection at New York Fashion Week

Anniesa Hasibuan

A Muslim fashion designer from Indonesia made history this week as the first ever designer to feature the hijab in every outfit on the famous New York Fashion Week catwalk.

Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan, 30, wowed crowds with her Spring Summer 2017 collection D’Jakarta. Models all donned the hijab.

Each model wore a hijab in gold, pale pink or dove grey silk.

It is the first time a New York Fashion Week catwalk show has featured the hijab on every model.

Ms Hasibuan also made history as the first Indonesian designer to be featured at the fashion week and says her designs were inspired by her home city of Jakarta, where she also has a boutique.

The show consisted of 48 different looks, of which 10 were evening gowns and 38 were ready-to-wear pieces.

Following the show, Ms Hasibuan took to the runway, where she received a standing ovation from the audience.

The designer told CNN: “I am so proud and thankful for everyone on the team who helped me so this event could happen, and I am so thankful to international and local media from Indonesia for exposing my show. I did not realise the result can be this amaxing, and I am thrilled and humbled by the welcome reaction given.”

Ms Hasibuan has previously held shows at major fashion capitals including London and Paris but this was her first catwalk in the US.

New York Fashion Week ran from 8 to 15 September this year.

Across the catwalk shows, around 125,000 people are estimated to attend the shows while another 2 million watch online via live streams.

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