Qatari’s Fashion Designers . .

This is for DJCAD team3. As they were intersted in the identities of women in Qatar and they had posted some questions mainly about fashion. Here are the respones of two qatari’s fashion designers graduates from VCU on the questions that were being asked.

 

 

Hissa Zainal:

 

For your religion is it compulsory to wear an abaya? If not why do you wear it?

It’s not compulsory to wear an “abaya”, but we have to wear something conservative that covers the head and the body. The abaya is something traditional that our ancestors choose to cover them selves with and has passed on from one generation to other.

 

· What does the abaya means to you? How do you feel when wearing it?

The abaya means to me my heritage and identity as a Qatari woman. I feel very proud.

 

·  What typical outfit will you wear underneath would be like and if this important to you?

I would wear something casual if I’m going some where I wont need to take off my abaya like for work or going out. So it depends where I’m going! 

 

·  Are you interested in fashion? What clothing style do you like?

I’m very passionate about fashion. I’m a fashion designer. I prefer classic looks.

 

·  What/ how influence you how dress underneath?

As I said it depends on where I’m going and sometimes my mood is a big influence on what I wear.

 

·  What do you think we wear in Scotland?

Men wear skirts hahaha.. I think you wear casual clothes just like anybody else and the men skirts (kilt)is something traditional. I don’t know if women have any traditional clothing!

 

Bekita Ahmad:

 

I am 25 years old, I graduated from VCUQatar majoring in fashion design.

 

For your religion is it compulsory to wear an abaya? If not why do you wear it?

Although women have to cover all parts of their body except for their hands and face; the Abaya is a garment worn commonly in the Gulf. This garment is a true representation of traditional values while still serving Islamic requirements. Personally, I am very attached to my culture and its tradition, which is why I like to wear my abaya and paying tribute to the latest in fashion of course.

 

· What does the abaya means to you? How do you feel when wearing it?

It is my identity. As a designer in Qatar, I noticed that it draws people’s attantion to my attire, and the way that my abaya is designed. There are so many different styles to an abaya, it has become a hit amongst Muslim expacts as well as other expats as well. and style. When I wear my abaya, I feel confident and stylish at the same time, I am very comfortable when I wear it.

 

·  What typical outfit will you wear underneath would be like and if this important to you?

I usually dress in casual attire. This consists of a pair of jeans and a light weight shirt, the abaya is black so wearing something light underneath is important in Qatar’s warm climate.

 

·  Are you interested in fashion? What clothing style do you like?

I think ‘interested’ is a bit of an understatement. Fashion is what I studied, it is my profession and it is something I hope to be more involved in the future of my career. As a fashion designer, I like to remain within the ‘trend circle’ where I do my own research on what the ‘in’ shapes, silhouettes, and colors are considered fashionable on the runway and in the streets. However, my personal style is hugely impacted on subtle looks. I prefer classic silhouettes, and more quiet colors in my wardrobe. To me, less is definitely more.

 

·  What/ how influence you how dress underneath?

The weather plays a big role and it also depends on the places I have to be at. Sometimes I am influenced by certain fashion pieces that I have in my closet. Fashion always comes back in style, that’s what I love the most about it. If you have an old piece of clothing and get tired of it, 10 years down the road you can call it vintage!

 

·  What do you think we wear in Scotland?

I think people in Scotland are dressed like any body els in the world. I understand that Scottish men wear a kilt for special occasions, I like knowing that people like to stick to their culture, it reminds me of how we as Qataris, still like to stay true to our rich

 

· Do any of your friends study fashion? Will you be able to show us some example?

I have three friends that I closely studied fashion with. These friends are Esra Sharab, Kaltham Al-Kuwari, and Hessa Zainal.

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