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Islamic Fashion In Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
By U.S. Editor
11 Apr 2013

In Turkey, the perceived growing Islamization in the country can be seen even in couture. The economy is booming, making Turkey more wealthy than it has ever been in modern history – and designers in capital Istanbul, are quickly meeting the demand in the market for conservative Islamic consumers’ desire for chic, modest fashion.

But though there is growing demand for conservative attire, this is not the case for the significant secular community, as is reflected in recent protests fiercely opposing what demonstrators believe is a growing imposition of Islamic conservatism by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party. Even President Abdullah Gül’s daughter was widely criticized on social media after wearing a headscarf in her wedding.

Despite the unrest, new companies such as wedding dress designer Filiz Yetim, whose gowns retail at up to 4,000 USD, and chain stores like "Armine" continue to spread across the country, selling every day wear and evening gowns to female shoppers.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (13 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (12 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (11 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (10 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (9 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (8 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (7 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (6 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul. Turkey

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (5 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul. Turkey

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (4 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul. Turkey

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (3 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul. Turkey

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (2 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

Women pose at a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul. Turkey

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (1 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

A model poses at a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (38 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul. Turkey

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (23 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (22 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (21 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (20 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (19 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (18 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (17 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (16 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (15 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (14 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
11 Apr 2013

At a fashion shoot for ALA Magazine, the first magazine in Turkey for conservative women. The shoot is at Bretz Home in Kemerburgaz, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (13 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

New fashionistas claim that fashion should be accessible for every woman, regardless of her shape.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (3 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

At the Kyrgyz Fashion week, local designers present their new collections, sell their products, and try to extend their work to international experts in the fashion industry.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (9 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

It is an opportunity for local craftsmen to sell their models in the local market.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (5 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Kyrgyzstan’s sewing industry is the largest and the most developed segment of the country’s light industry.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Mais Istanbuli
05 Apr 2013

Kyrgyzstan will be holding its 15th annual Fashion week this spring, where local designers will present their new collections, sell their products and promote their work to international experts in the industry. Every year, the winners of the Kyrgyzstan's fashion week are invited to international shows in Moscow, Amsterdam, Berlin and Osaka.

Kyrgyzstan’s sewing industry is the largest and the most developed segment of the country’s light industry. Despite the fact that the number of sewing factories in Kyrgyzstan has decreased since 2005, the volume of production has increased, raking in around $140 million. Products branded “Made in KG” are being exported to Russia, and are slowly entering the European market. Kyrgyzstan also has the potential to develop its textile industry, as it produces about 100 thousand tons of cotton annually. This cotton is currently being exported due to the lack of a developed processing industry inside the country. Kyrgyzstan's sewing industry continues to face many challenges, including a deficit in textile production, violations of labour rights, and working in a shadow economy.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (8 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Photographers present a photo exhibition, portraying their vision of beaty on the Fashion Show

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (7 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

New fashion trends require implementation of advanced technology.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (6 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Annually, the winners of the Fashion week in Kyrgyzstan are invited to the international fashion shows in Moscow, Amsterdam, Berlin and Osaka.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (4 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

The product branded “Made in KG” is being exported to Russia, and slowly entering the European market.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (3 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Recently in Kyrgyzstan, there is a rise of interest in Islamic Fashion; more and more brands are selling Islamic-oriented clothing.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (2 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Masters of local hand-craft often use felt to create clothing

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (14 of 23)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Designers are using non-traditional techniques on the runway, moving away from the fashion runway norms, such as barefoot models.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (5 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

Galina Boiko presented a collection "Art inside you" deidicated to young intellectuals living in big cities.

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Fashion Week in Kyrgyzstan (6 of 13)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
By Nargiza Ryskulova
05 Apr 2013

"Fashion for men has to be smart," said designer Galina Boiko.