A blend of faith, fashion in Abuja

Some of Nigeria’s finest designers recently demonstrated that faith and fashion can go together without any losing its sense of value and identity.
At the second edition of the ‘Faith Meets Fashion’ Muslim Identity (MID) collection held at the International Conference Center (ICC) Abuja, some of Nigeria’s youngest fashion designers were the centre of attraction as they showcased the latest designs that conveyed style, class and panache.
Aisha Tumsah, a 21 year old Medical student, who is also the brain behind Eyesha Collections, was one of over 20 local and international fashion designers who showcased their designs at the ICC runway.
Ms Tumsah, who received a standing ovation when she appeared on the stage after models had shown off her colourful and simple designs on the runway, told the gathering that her designs were made to show that “a sister can dress modestly and still look catchy and beautiful”
Another Nigerian designer who showcased her products, TickleTowne Collection, specialises in head gears.
The CEO of TickleTowne, Ibironke Anibaba, said her headgears “are designed for the corporate environment, occasional wears, and bridal outfits”
Aab, a UK-based Islamic fashion house that specialises on gowns (Abayas) also had their designs on the runway.
Models adorned with different sets of gowns fit for every day, official wear, maternity gown and even those for Hajj and Umrah trips, impressed the audience.
“What I have seen is unique, especially the fabrics,” an elated member of the audience, Maryam Prest, said of Aab designs. “I can see myself in one of the gowns soon.”
Ostora, another designer from the UK with roots in Lebanon, who also specialises on corporate wears, displayed various kinds of suits designed for ladies who want to dress corporately, yet maintain their Islamic identity.
“The mission of the company is to provide a new look for consumers, based on style and quality,” the designer said.
Various shades and designs of suits were displayed for ladies between the ages of 20 and 40. The designs came with matching headscarves.
US-based Al-Farah, Artizara came with various designs of tops.
Like Ostora, Al-Farah, Artizara’s designs are made of fabrics in chinos quality. But Ostoro only specialises in tops.
The wife of Vice President, Amina Sambo, who was the special guest at the event, said in her remarks after the displays that women need to dress modestly.
Mrs. Sambo said dressing modestly is enjoined in the Quran and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
“Our women can dress modestly and still look beautiful.” She said. “One can dress elegantly and still conform to Islam.”
The VP’s wife also recalled that as a first lady in Kaduna state, she popularized the wearing of Hijab by the ladies and it became a vogue among young girls in the state.
Also in her remark, House of Representatives leader, Mulikat Adeola-Akande, who accompanied Mrs. Sambo, said of the event and the organisers:
“I never knew something like this existed in Nigeria. You have set the right pace”.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of MID collections, the organizers of the show, Abdulhameed Adetona, said the idea behind ‘Faith meets Fashion’ is to prove that a Muslim woman can dress elegantly without losing her Islamic identity.
“The whole idea is to show that we have to move beyond telling people to dress well. We have to practicalise it to show how to do it,” he said.

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