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Iran in Spotlight at Kazan Clothing Festival

Iran in Spotlight at  Kazan Clothing Festival
Iran in Spotlight at  Kazan Clothing Festival

Iranian apparel designs were in the spotlight at the 9th Islamic Clothing International Fashion Festival, held in Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan on December 2.

Variety in colors and designs and the use of traditional motifs, hugely attracted the attention of the audience and the jury to Iranian designers, IRNA reported.

Organized by  the Tatarstan Muslim Spiritual Board, Russian Union of Muslim Women and Russian Union of Muslim Designers, the event presented over 250 collections  of Islamic-style clothing, among which, 35 items presented by the Iranian National Foundation of Fashion and Clothing (NFFC), won several prizes and received honorable mention.

According to Fatemeh Jafari, fashion designer and a member of the festival jury committee, “Iranian designs received prizes in the categories ‘Queen’s Gown’, ‘National Originality’ and ‘Western Woman Style.’”

Zarina Babadzhanova of Kazan with her collection called ‘O Sole Mio’ won the award in the Best Muslim Brand nomination.

Sonia Pouryamin, international secretary of NFFC, and designer of the collection ‘Iranian designers, Iranian fashion’, said the event was important in introducing dresses and outfits inspired by culture, tradition and social values of each country.

Pointing to the warm welcome by the audience to the Iranian designs presented, Pouryamin said: “Policies should be integrated in order to move forward in the apparel industry and provide valuable opportunities for domestic designers and tailors.”

Minoo Pedram, Hamraz Didehkhani, and Mohsen Faghani were among the other Iranian fashion designers who attended the festival.

  New Discoveries

Russian Union of Muslim Women and Russian Union of Muslim Designers chairperson, Nahila Ziganshina said: “Here, we can see the beauty our designers have given us. The festival will discover new names and new brands. Our task is to dress every woman the way she dreams, preserve the national culture and make sure it remains popular among the younger people. Our task will be fulfilled.”

Designers from Russia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates took part. A total of 60 entries were sent, from which 250 costumes by 28 designers made it to the final round.

Besides, a competition featuring famous brands as well as amateur designers was also held. Couturiers from Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, the Orenburg and Ulianovsk regions in Russia, as well as from the UAE, presented their collections. A children’s fashion show followed suit.

The festival was launched in 2006, when the first show of Muslim clothing was organized. Since then, every year in Kazan, international festivals of designers of Islamic clothes, competitions, shows and conferences are held.