These models in hijabs made history at New York Fashion Week

Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan has made history with her runway show at New York Fashion Week.

Hasibuan decided to have every one of her models wear a hijab on the catwalk – and while models have worn headscarves at NYFW in the past, this is the first time that every model in a show has.

As well as that, it’s also the first time an Indonesian designer has had a show at the event.

Her collection came as a welcome addition at a time when Muslim women’s choice of clothing has been under such intense scrutiny. Hasibuan received a standing ovation at the end of her show, with many calling her decision a historic moment.

The designs, inspired by her hometown of Jakarta, Indonesia, featured printed scarves, gowns, trousers and tunics with detailed embroidery.

Hasibuan later celebrated her achievement with a post on Instagram, where she said:

Behind the success of a show there is a great team that was strong and sturdy when it was hit by dissent. And we can handle it.

Designer Anniesa Hasibuan backstage at NYFWDesigner Anniesa Hasibuan backstage at NYFW

Melanie Elturk, chief executive of Haute Hijab also applauded the show in her own Instagram post, writing:

I believe fashion is one of the outlets in which we can start that cultural shift in today's society to normalize hijab in America so as to break down stereotypes and demystify misconceptions. Last night's show was a huge leap forward in that direction.

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