Manolo says, Ayyyyy! It is the fashion week in Iran!
High production values!
Very figure flattering, that.
She has got the Bette Davis eyes!
Manolo loves the shoes!
Aw, c’mon! How much choice do they have in the matter? The Manolo, he usually is the sensitive man.
I don’t think the Manolo is making fun of these women. It’s kind of a laugh-so-you-don’t-cry situation.
But why would you cry?
I guess that I’d better explain the above: Why would you cry for someone who made a conscious and conscientious choice to look for different options in a style of clothing that indicates a religious commitment? I don’t think that they would generally view themselves as objects of the fashion world’s pity, as is obvious in their celebration of the very clothes in question.
Modesty and subtlety can be very sexy.
to jenny: I don’t know if you’ve read ‘Lolita in Teheran’ book, but the women who lived in such a oppressing regime clearly stated that being covered head to toe is rarely a woman’s own decision. She wrote: I feel like my whole body is wanishing, I’m loosing my personality…very sad.
The third woman, she is not Batman, she is Spaceman Spiff.
There is nothing modest or subtle about making women responsible for the misconduct of men, up to and including penalty of death. Nothing.
Yeah but remember this is just an outer layer – many times there’s the latest couture under that burka or chador.
If this was the exclusive choice of the women involved, there would be no need for religious police to patrol around looking for loose hair and painted nails.
CyndiF said it very well.
Although, I gotta admit, I think the one on the far left of the topmost picture is cool, stately, elegant and slightly dangerous-looking. Like she could be a Jedi Knight.
I could not agree with willowgerl more. Now that is a woman with style, grace, and poise. The drape of her outfit evokes the toga on a statue of the greek godesses in their togas, and if you compare her to the woman on the right, she looks significantly less dowdy and as if she has actually chosen her outfit for herself.
I don’t know whats up with the woman on the bottom with the crazy eye mask, but it is nice to know that bad fashion exists everywhere, and not just on our own runways and subways. At least these women have a chance for bad fashion, others are not so lucky.
I agree with the above posters – while it is sad that many times women in Iran don’t have a choice about the type of garments they wear, I think it’s a sign of (slowly) changing times that they can make selections in colour and fabric that show individualism and thought for the aesthetic they present – and thus shouldn’t be mocked.
I can’t believe what I am reading here. ‘So nice that they can choose colors and fabrics.’ Did you read the article? Did you see this:
“The 10-day event is being organised by Iran’s police force…”
“The exhibition was a response to recent trends among many young Iranian women towards short, tight-fitting manteaus and headscarves pushed back to expose elaborate hair styles. Earlier this year Tehran city council ordered a police crackdown against women whose dress was deemed insufficiently Islamic.”
“I would not wear hijab at all if it wasn’t the law.”
Police crackdowns on women who don’t dress according to law? So nice that they can choose colors and fabrics?
I’m sitting here and shaking my head.
I’m with daleth93. How we clothe ourselves should be a personal choice, not police-mandated.
I have to agree with daleth – these women don’t have a choice!
Especially when the Iranian goverment purports ideal Islamic dress for women to be plain, unembellished black or olive chadors. Go find the color in that.
For those that may want to read more and educate themselves about the lives of Islamic women, I recommend Geraldine Brooks’
“Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women”
Who cares what’s underneath? It’s horrid that they’re forced to wear the chador at all.
As for picking out their own colors or fabrics? Oh goody! A women may get beaten for showing her hair, but at least she got to pick out the headscarf! That makes it SO much better!
Lordy. The Manolo wasted no time recovering from the big crash. Already- the controvercy. There has not been so much here since the Ann Coulter ads!
Ivy, I actually lived outside Cairo for a while. I do understand maybe more than you’d expect about women and their clothing choices there.
And yes, Phyllis: our next-door neighbor would answer her door often in a tank dress or miniskirt if I knocked, and in full robe when my husband knocked. Kinda funny.
Egypt isn’t Iran or Saudi Arabia- for now . A doctor friend of mine worked at the world -famous Eye Institute in Saudi Arabia for about as long as she could stand it. One minute, you’re doctor so-and-so- the next minute you’re wearing a Hijab and being chaufeurred home lest you become a source of temptation.
Every single pic I received from her was well away from the Middle East, when they were vacationing. Even in Iran, the police are quite a bit less aggressive in enforcing the morality clauses than they used to be, because the population has just had it with this particular theocracy. This fashion show is a last-ditch attempt to give the hardliners their way. I imagine it falls on blind eyes.
Those women are forced to wear the chadors. They could be beaten or killed if they make any alteration to them, or take off any part of their chadors in the presence of any man who is not a close relative. The religious police, the mutawa, have absolute power in these matters. The above pictures are not of a “fashion show” in any meaningful sense of the phrase. They are of women being treated like chattel for thousands of years. It’s not funny and it’s not ” modesty”–the chador is a symbol of hatred and deep suspicion of women, all women.
While we all ponder color choices and all that, let’s also ponder that there are women whose male children have never seen their mother’s faces.
I do realize that Egypt is more Westernized in some areas than other Middle Eastern countries. Egypt is not the only country in that area that I have visited. But I feel like there’s a deaf ear on one side of this argument. I definitely hear and understand your concern; but I’m not sure that the listening is going two ways. I’ll bow out.
“Yeah but remember this is just an outer layer – many times there’s the latest couture under that burka or chador.”
i would not care about wearing the latest couture under my chador if most of the time i had to hide it. the person who wrote this comment and actually believes it should try wearing a chador, not showing ANY hair, not wearing nail polish etc. even if things are getting a lot cooler nowadays it’s still very strict and most women would not wear the chador if they could choose themselves. women are beautiful and should be able to be proud of their beauty and not be forced to hide themselves because men are too weak.
Does anyone else here realize how terribly ironic a fashion show of anti-fashion religious/government prescribed garments is?
And how poignant that even women who must adhere to religious devotion in dress still feel the need for fashion and beauty, even when it’s something they’re forbidden to express? I’m surprised that this fashion week was allowed at all.
to clarify things: life in iran is disgusting and absolutely horrific! I have been there for a charity trip. I felt abused under all of those dark, hot, bothersome layers i was forced to wear, even so young! The men were disgusting and tacky and the women victimized. I vowed to never go there again even if my life depended on it. this is NOT Islamic dress! It is a symbol of the brainwashed, misogynistic opression by some pathetic excuses for men hiding their foolishness behind very long beards. and trust me… noone wears couture under the chadors or whtv. You must be thinking of the sorry excuse for a nation we call saudi arabia.
Everyone has a right to dress the way they want so if a Muslim woman wants to wear a hijab she should be able to
All should be allowed to dress as they wish
Fausta, you are horribly misinformed. In Iran, the biggest divide is between the public and private spheres. Iranian sons most certainly DO see their mothers faces–at home AND outside. As far as dress code, they are forced to cover their hair and wear a trench coat-like top with pants whenever they’re not at home or at the home of their friends. Not surprisingly, Iranians try to get their kicks at home, and underground dance parties, not to mention alcohol and drugs are widespread.