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

Backstage and runway images from the Islamic Fashion Show at the CNR Center in Istanbul Turkey. Several shows featuring Islamic designers and companies premiered throughout the weekend.

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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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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
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 (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.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (33 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
27 Mar 2013

A woman dresses a mannequin at the Hasema swimwear store in Fatih, Istanbul. Hasema is one of the main manufacturers of conservative bathing-suits and have a style similar to the "Birkini".

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (30 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
27 Mar 2013

Shoppers in the Fatih distict of Istanbul, Turkey. Fatih is known as one of the most conservative districts in the city.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (29 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
27 Mar 2013

Mannequins in the Fatih distict of Istanbul, Turkey. Fatih is known as one of the most conservative districts in the city.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (27 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
27 Mar 2013

The Armine store in the Fatih distict of Istanbul, Turkey. Fatih is known as one of the most conservative districts in the city.

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (35 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

The Fall/Winter show at Argande, a more traditional line of Turkish clothing is shown at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul Turkey.

In Istanbul designers are opening a new market in the world of fashion catering to more conservative Islamic consumers. These styles feature bright colors and modern cuts while still maintaining modesty and Islamic values. ALA Magazine, which means the most beautiful of the beautiful in Turkish, launched in 2011 features monthly spreads showing off the colorful head-scarves and wedding dresses women can purchase.

After a boom in the Turkish economy, many conservative consumers were left with a void in chic fashion. New companies are quickly filling the gap like designer Filiz Yetim, a wedding dress designer who's gowns retail at up to 4,000 USD. Chain stores like "Armine" are quickly spreading across the country, selling every day wear and evening gowns to female shoppers.

While high fashion may feature colorful prints and patterns, the designers are still basing their inspiration on traditional dress for Muslim women. "

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Islamic Fashion in Istanbul (26 of 40)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
15 Mar 2013

The Armine store in the Fatih distict of Istanbul, Turkey. Fatih is known as one of the most conservative districts in the city.

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Fashion Week Istanbul 2013 - Part II
Istanbul, Turkey
By Mais Istanbuli
15 Mar 2013

Designers, Models, Make-Up Artists & Spectators Gather For Tuvanam Fashion Show At Istanbul's Fashion Week 2013.

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Fashion Week Istanbul 2013 - Part I
Istanbul, Turkey
By U.S. Editor
13 Mar 2013

Designers, Models, Make-Up Artists & Spectators Gather For Tuvanam Fashion Show At Istanbul's Fashion Week 2013.

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Istanbul Fashion Week 2013 (40 of 53)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
13 Mar 2013

Models are made up by makeup teams before the Tuvanam show at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey.