A recent Givenchy Couture fashion show at Paris Fashion Week has caused quite a stir as it showcased an abaya (a religious Islamic covering).
It seemed like the perfect timing for the designer to gain attention with these garments at a time when French President Nicolas Sarkozy is making plans to ban this head-to-toe covering.
Implications - Some might look at something like the veil or the Hijab and see an obstacle or disadvantage, but to companies and forward-thinking designers, it should instead be seen as an opportunity. Finding creative and respectful ways to incorporate cultural and religious concerns is the definite calling card of innovation, and those who make the most of this fact will definitely stand out.
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