Saudi Arabia Hosts Its First-Ever Arab Fashion Week! No Men Allowed [View Pics!]

| April 13 , 2018 , 14:14 IST

Saudi Arabia organized its first-ever fashion week on Thursday at the gold-trimmed halls of Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh. The ultra-conservative kingdom has been following strict social norms for ages but under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, things have started changing.

For all the fashion conscious people in Saudi, this was like transforming the conservative and religious dominated kingdom into an ultra-liberal society.

The first fashion week was organised with some restrictions on fashion designs like there would be no cleavage showing dresses, nothing outrageously transparent or above the knee.

Fashion event started with a few other restrictions like only women were permitted at events and photographers from outside were not allowed. 

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Men will not be allowed to attend the catwalk shows either, though they were allowed at the opening ceremony.

Designers from Brazil, Lebanon, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United States and the United Arab Emirates showcased their works at the event.

Initially, the event was to happen last month but was later postponed because of visa delays.  

From dark-haired Saudi women to blonde eastern European women, all were seen at this gala event. Many models and artists confessed that they were surprised that the event was happening in the conservative Muslim nation.

Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al-Saud, president of the Arab Fashion Council in Riyadh, joined designers at the fashion show, and said, “Fashion has always been an interest of Saudi Arabia. It is not something that was previously off the table or out of the picture. Our fashion council is trying to bring the fashion industry in Saudi Arabia to a whole new level, a whole new industry."

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has reined in the religious police and brought in a lot of changes. From introducing public concerts to lifting a ban on cinema and allowing women to drive, he is trying to reform the conservative kingdom.