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Shari'a Chic Struts Its Stuff on Virginia Campus
by David J. Rusin • May 19, 2008 at 11:16 am
The oppression of women under Shari'a law has no clearer embodiment than the apparel that renders them formless, if not faceless, in public. When the Western fashion sector embraces such attire, it sets a poor precedent for society as a whole.
Examples abound. In December 2006, Marie Claire featured photos of glamorous women frolicking about Dubai in head and face coverings. A few months later, London Fashion Week premiered several outfits — obviously inspired by Islamic dress — that obscure all but the models' eyes.
Now fashion students at Virginia Commonwealth University have been creating abayas, the traditional cloak worn by women in the Persian Gulf region. The assignment was to make them "stylish yet acceptable in Arab countries":
Instructor Kim Guthrie incorporated the project into her "Give Me Shelter" class, "during which her students discussed the idea of clothing as shelter and how different cultures address the concept of clothing." But has the experience taught young adults anything about the plight of women subjected to Shari'a? Not according to these quotes:
VCU provides yet another example of how someone can graduate from college without knowing very much at all. And unlike women's bodies, ignorance is difficult to hide.