Sunday, 8 June 2008

Designer and Famous Face: Rabia Zargarpur

A YOUNG Emirati fashion designer who specialises in fashion for the modern Muslim woman under the banner of ‘universal modest chic’, has become the first winner of the GCC/MED (Mediterranean) regional competition run by the British Council to find the International Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year.

This first British Council International Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award aims to discover talented and successful individuals who have both the creative flair and business edge to become future leaders and champions of their local fashion industry.

Rabia Zargarpur, better known as Rabia Z. (the name of her clothing label) will now head to the International London Fashion Week in February 2008 to represent the GCC/MED region and to compete for the international title, as one of 10 regional winners from around the world.

Read the rest here.

These are some of her designs. You can see lots more here:




This is what she says about hijab:

"I have been living in the US for half of my life and when I decided to wear the hijab seven years ago, I discovered that there was nothing to wear. So many women who wear the hijab want to be fashionable and it is difficult for them to find clothes. If you wear the jalabiya (long gowns) or the abaya when you are abroad you get more attention and people look at you differently."

"I want to give a positive image for Muslims," she says, adding that what she is doing is a service for both Muslims and non-Muslims.

Read more here.

This is one seriously talented lady. She collaborated with Adidas in 2007 as part of the Dubai International Fashion Week, where she won the Emerging Talent competition. Rabia was even featured on the Elle blog in 2007! Visit her Abu Dhabi Fashion Week profile to find out even more about her.

Personally, I think I've finally found an Islamic clothing designer I can relate to. There are many designers out there, but they seem to concentrate on evening dresses and abayas most of the time, leaving a gap for stylish, everyday wear. Whilst I feel that some of the outfits need to be a little longer and looser to be 100% suitable for hijab, I absolutely adore this lady's style! Some of her outfits are very similar to the Carrie Bradshaw style post I did back in April. This is one designer I'm definitely keeping an eye out for.

Here are more articles about her from Gulf News:


Update: Click here to watch a behind the scenes interview!

What do you think of Rabia Z.?

37 comments:

ammena said...

interesting. I agree that some of the styles need tweaking a little. Hmm, she will continue moving clothes through department stores? this is good.. but not good for those outside of the USA shame she doesnt think she can do both. how are you sis.. youve been quiet lately.. exam stress? ;P fi amenallah

pink_marshmallow said...

salam sis

im loving the designs, they are correct she is super talented as theres something for everyone, muslim and non muslim a great collection.

ps. good luck with the exams sis

fi aminallah
khadijah

silvia said...

Rabia is great and she will inspire a whole generation of designers from the region (probably beyond). She is particularly good at showcasing the the whole outfit instead of just an item.

She has the right attitude and vision and shares many values with losve.

Silvia
losve.com

Anonymous said...

all the best with your exams sis, take care wasalam
xx
eternal peace

Amalia said...

I like her style! I agree some of it needs to be a bit looser though. Good luck with your exams, I'm sure you'll do great :)

curiousmuslimah said...

I love her style! Just wonderful and what I have been looking for!

Anonymous said...

salam alaikum,oh i love the third one..cause i'm a hiphop chick:) thank you haya for your blog wish u everything good you doing great work!
xxx caasha

Zeynab said...

Great post!
I hope you don't mind if we feature in on our links?

alixianna said...

Salaam alaykom Hayah---awwww. I missed you too!

You beat me to this one---I was gonna feature some of her designs the other day (I especially love her sports wear---sports abayas are little ridiculous for a real work-out). ONe thing I don't like though, is tightness. If your jilbab or tunic is tight enough I can see your nipples and breast outline, your hijab should be over it, and abayas, if you can lay down and see the indent for your belly-button, they are probably not thick enough or you aren't wearing the proper clothing underneath. I had an issue with this the other day when I thought my jilbab was good enough (as it wasn't see-through) to wear with only a thin tee. Anyone who believes wearing jilbab is important knows it is meant to be worn over clothes, sooooooo.... I was being bad (plus the elastic of my skirt broke so I didn't have much choice). Someone told me to lie down (not in public!) and informed me they could see my belly-button indent and that was sign it was too thin so would hug my curves even for all its bagginess like jersey. SO if you have a tight chest line, make sure your hijab covers your bust, and girls, from personal experience, don't do the no undergarment jilbab thing either: D

Hayah said...

Zeynab - not at all, go right ahead :D

Anonymous said...

i dont like her designs at all... nothing special. no offence.

Sara said...

Hayah, here is a interview video of her. I think she's awesome and wish her all the success in the world inshallah.

http://current.com/items/89001365_islamic_fashionista

Hayah said...

Anon: which would explain why she's so successful, of course...

Sara: snap! Got your comment just as I was publishing the new post!

Medina said...

Awww i like her designs expect the tight ones... too bad they wont be in london

Hani said...

Love the 4th design. And 6th and
7th look fierce1

Mariam said...

It is great that your website supports creativity and designers like Rabia Z that are trying so hard to especially encourage non-Muslims and non-pracitising muslims to cross the bridge & take that first step in faith, whilst making positive headlines on Muslims in the media. I read one of her interviews done by a fellow university class mate where she does address why her clothes on the runway are usually a bit tighter or show neck...its all for show appeal and attracting international buyers (who are always super stylish, trend following, non-muslims)and she has. Also, Muslim designers are allowed to design open clothes since they are made for women who can wear them (just not around non-mahrams). So the tighter clothes can be worn amongst other women, for example. Most of all I read how she hoped that religious and practising Muslimas should use their own judgement and simply go for a larger size top(hense looser fit) and even wear them with looser/wide legged pants. Her collections always give options of different fit pants and tops. But, as I've read, most international designers say that the catwalk is usuall made out of: basic commercial pieces, attractive media pieces (show stealers or shockers) & fashion buyer favorites! So lets all use our common sense and know how loose or tight to wear the stylish clothes Rabia Z has to offer :) How else can we have her stuff available to us at our neighborhood malls sisters??-I will see if I can post that interview here. JAK.

Sara said...

Well said Mariam, plus Rabia mentions her basic 101 for dressing as a Muslim women. In the end, we should know what works best for us, and be the judge of what is too tight/revealing etc. because everybody's body type is different. I personally love her attitude, and wish I knew where I could buy some of her designs.

Scarf Ace said...

very cool. i like her style!

Zaynab said...

I think she is amazing mashAllah and an inspiration for all young hijabis and future hijabi wannabes:) There's plenty of "Islamic" designers and websites out there but she's the first to actually appeal to non-Muslims as well...i think its a great dawa she's doing..i personally can't wait to find her stuff at the malls!

Anonymous said...

Where can i buy the abaya shes wearing, i think its gorgeous!

leila_xiis@hotmail.com said...

salam
im a muslim female who does fashion and desing in my 2nd year uni..i love what she does it gives me more streangh to do what im doing..i hope i will come fare one day as my sister did insha allah...


from leila xiis

syeda said...

I dont think all her clothes fall into the hijab category...hijab means no skin being shown except for hands and face...some of her garments are body fitted..and the models have makeup on...I'm a fashion designing student i know how difficult it is to design anything completely in the boundaries of hijab. But to give the wrong view of it is not right in anyway. 3/4th sleeves is not hijab neck being seen is not hijab makeup is not hijab feet shown is not hijab!

Anonymous said...

Oh, those two last black dresses are beautiful! Want some :)

Yasmien said...

I live in Johannesburg, South Africa and love HIJAB STYLE - I would love to see some of the international brands we read about on HIJAB STYLE investing/opening shops in our Country.

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Sara Tariq said...

Salamolaikum,this is a reply i thought would be logical to SYEDA on the fundamentals of hijab.Yes,you are right that most of the posts donnot fall into the category of hijab,but covering the face AND hands is not OBLIGATORY,my dear.The wives of hte Prophets and Companions had to cover themselves because they were the MOTHER OF THE BELIEVERS.That is a Sunnah,what is obligatory is the HIJAB,that is covering the whole body from head to toe leaving the hands and face.I know the ahadiths ,and none of them say that the veil is obligatory.Yes,if you do cover your face and hands,ofcourse it is much much better.I mean,following the Sunnah of the Prophet(Peace be upon him) is always encouraged,but covering the FACE AND HANDS IS NOT OBLIGATORY.Now,the point you said my dear sister about the makeup is also correct but this is the FASHION INDUSTRY we're talking about.They do everything,permissible and not permissible.We cannot stop them.I know its incorrect but what can one do? Nothing,they have to answer Allah.But i guess the main approach of this website is to help Muslims all around the world,especially those ones living in Non-Muslim countries.True believers will understand how to do fashion BUT in the circle of proper hijab.What i mean is that if i am looking at the fashion runways AND hijab posts,i will try to get that look,but i will do it accordingly to the commands of ALLAH and the Sunnah of the Prphet Muhammad(Peace be upon him),that is i won't put on makeup(infront of non-mahrams) or wear tight clothes to reveal my figure or clothes that show my skin.But i will get the good points about fashion out of this splendid website.I Love this website,it has helped me a lot.The producer of this website is trying to help us,i appreciate it.The producer of this website is not capable of controlling the fashion industries,she will just show us everything that had good points and its our job to know and absorb the good and permissible factors about a certain dress.Hijab is not only about covering the head and being naked below,No!Hijab is covering from the head to toe with clothes that are not see through,not tight to reveal the figure,not veryy atrractive or resembling the opposite sex.Its our job to get the good things and ignore the bad or Haram ones.I hope you understand sister,Inshallah you will.May ALLAH guide us all..ameen.
Salamolaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatahu.

Anonymous said...

Salam Aleykum!
Does anyone know how to get in contact with the designer Rabia Zagapour? I would be thankful for an answer. Please if someone knows email me at : muslimdesigner08@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Salam, dose enyone knose where i can findet to buy hre staff, please let me know at jkrijestorac@yahoo.com Thank you

silhouette said...

There's nothing special about these outfits, nothing new or inventive. I could go to the mall, layer a bunch of pieces, and come out with similar looks. I'm still waiting for a designer who can make chic everyday clothing that doesn't require so much layering and has cool, unusual designs.

Anonymous said...

salaam aleykum ladies, did any find out how to contact her, and email or a website??? i looked and looked and no result....plz let me know at rudey360@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Even though she lives in Dubai, she is of Afghan origin. In some of her videos you can hear her and her mother speaking Afghan Farsi. For example, Afghans say tashakoor while Iranians say merci.

Anonymous said...

YES SILOUHETTE- i understand what you say about the styles needed layering- the one label that i do know that doesnt require layering but is funky and stylish is imaan collections(http://www.imaancollections.com)
check their stuff out- plus its available to buy online!

aisha said...

Salam alkium,
i love her designs.She is doing an amazing job. is there any way i can contact her personaly??
please email me if anyone knows.

aishalove89@yahoo.com

Thank you!
-aisha

Anonymous said...

Mashallah she is a talent sister..i love her stylys and if there is someone who knw if she got her own webside that could tell me that would be great
thz
Leila

Anonymous said...

WHere can we buy her clothes from?

Anonymous said...

My friend said that the Rabia Z website is being relaunched soon! Go to www.rabiaz.com and email them to be on their mailing list! So excited! Can't wait to get my hands on original Rabia Z pieces! :) :) :)

Aisha said...

boy are those gorgeous.salaams by the way and keep praying for all those suffering muslims and non muslims out there.
Aisha.with love.

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