The Jakarta Fashion Week Wasn’t Only About Fashion – But Also About Diversity, Women Entrepreneurship and Inclusiveness

Last week the fourth edition of the Modest Fashion Weeks, organized by Think Fashion and Markamarie Creative, took place in Indonesia. The past events were successfully hosted in Istanbul, London and Dubai. Their next stop? Jakarta. I got to attend the Fashion Week for Mvslim.

In only four days Jakarta Modest Fashion Week presented 25 fashion shows, lots of workshops and talk shows. Everything happened in Gandaria City Mall, one of the many shopping centers in Jakarta, in which there were 50 brand booths displayed. Besides all the designers, influencers and media, there was still enough room for all the fashion lovers to join and watch the shows.

The fashion shows were very spectacular, showing a wide range of clothing, going from sporty to nerdy to chique. Designers from all over the world flew to Jakarta and made it a very diverse fashion week. Lots of big brands were represented, but also new and young talent, which kept it interesting.

 

As far as influencers are concerned, we could state the exact same thing. Being with so many different women in one place resulted in fascinating talk shows, covering a load of topics, going from tips and tricks from influencers to businesswoman talking about entrepreneurship. Something very noteworthy came up the third day of the fashion week. Muna Jama, better known as the Muslim Miss Universe contestant, who refused to wear a bikini and showed up in a kaftan instead, announced during her talk that she was going to start a beauty contest for Muslim women called ‘Miss Mashallah’.

As already mentioned before, the fashion show was indeed very diverse on different levels. Not only in representation of countries that were included, but also the models that were running the cat walk couldn’t have been more diverse. Black, Caucasian and Asian women were represented, just as children, both boys and girls, and even – in co-operation with the Asian Para Games that are planned for October this year – people with a disability were given a place to shine in the spotlights.

All of this made Jakarta Modest Fashion Week a great succes as to clothes as well as giving a real representation of our society today, where everyone – no matter what – can be involved in fashion. What a beautiful experience!

Written by Hayat El Khattabi

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Hayat Jamal is a 22-year-old History student. She likes to read, write and practice sports.