‘islamic fashion’ caused a stir in France.
Some of the major designers are launching a collection of dresses for Muslim women – loose fitting gowns and skirts with a veil. Once shipped to the Middle East, such garments are gaining mainstream appeal in the west. In shops across Europe, “islamic fashion” has now been provided by top designers such as Dolce&Gabbana and DKNY.
But Paris shopper Nellie Bertrand says she is conflicted about the trend, especially women in swimsuits and trousers. It is called “burkini” and is now sold by British retailer Marks and Spencer, which has shops in and around Paris.
“It’s really complicated, to be honest,” Bertrand said. “Because, you know, people should be able to wear what they want, but in France, we’re not used to wearing it at school, and they’re not allowed.”
Mr Bertrand is referring to the ban on Muslim headscarves in French public schools and government offices in 2004.
In a radio interview in late march, the French women’s rights minister, Laurence rossini, caused a stir by talking about islamic fashion.
“We can’t let these forces dictate what women wear,” she said. When the interviewer pointed out that many women chose to wear the veil, rosiniol said: “yes, of course, like some black American slaves.”
In Europe’s biggest Muslim population, France after two islamic terrorist attacks last year, in fear and intensifying safety atmosphere, trying to balance the tolerance, secularism and personal freedom. It has been in a state of emergency since November.
“In France became Muslim is becoming more and more complicated, because we are talking about the branch of Islam and its negative, and veiled women in the first line, because people cannot in a way that these linked with their attack”, French writer
“France at any time to talk about Muslim women and anything dealing with Muslim, will become a hysterical debate,” France against islamophobia collective yassir, head of the los Artie said.
He said rossini was “the minister of women’s rights, and in these rights, whatever you decide to wear, you have the right to wear it.”
Rossignol later said she regretted her comments. But other French countries have expressed similar doubts. The feminist philosopher Elizabeth badt has called for a boycott of brands that sell islamic fashion, and Paris mayor Anne hidalgo said she found the trend a little “unsettling.”
Fashion writer Dana Thomas, based in Paris, says fashion has long been incorporated into religious symbols. Take, for example, Dolce&Gabbana’s embrace of Catholicism.
“There are pictures of nuns and priests in their ads, and they have jewel-like baroque crosses, which is all very well,” she said. “I think France is terrified of this, because now they are just nervous. And French has been proud of what they call the mortals, the separation of the system of church and state, so they have such a response in order to support the curtain method arguments – we don’t have any religious belief spread to our daily life. ”
French secularism, established in 1905 by law, strictly separated the church from the state. At the time, the law was designed to exempt a powerful Catholic church from a designated policy. Although secularism is to ensure that the country remained neutral in the religious aspect, and ensure that all religions around the world have the freedom to act, but a lot of people think it is now being urged to stop religious – especially in Islam.
FaizaZerouala is a French journalist and Muslim. Her book, “the voice behind the veil,” tells the story of 10 French women wearing headscarves.
“In France became Muslim is becoming more and more complicated,” she said, “because we’re talking about Islam and its negative branch, and veiled women in the first line, because people can’t stand, will they somehow associated with these attacks. ”
Zerouala said secularism was used today as a shield against Islam. She explained that it was unacceptable to say you were anti-muslim. But you can say that you are fighting to protect secularism.