A fashion show featuring the latest styles from Arab countries will be held at Tokyo’s Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall on July 15.
“The Secret of Arabian Mode” event, organized by a group of university students, will aim to break the stereotype that Muslim women’s clothing is dour, showing off an array of colorful outfits and glitzy accessories straight from the stores of fashion centers like Dubai.
Megumi Yoshinaga, a 19-year-old political science and economy student at Waseda University, had the idea for the show after experiencing the warm hospitality of local people on a solo bike tour of Arabian Peninsula in February.
“I want people to become more familiar with Islamic culture,” she said.
Many of the 50 models for the event, none of whom have any previous modeling experience, were selected after responding to a notice by Yoshinaga on the Facebook social networking service.
The event will also feature a panel discussion by students from Japan and the Middle East and fun activities like henna tattooing and opportunities to try on traditional costumes from Muslim countries.
The event will start at 4 p.m. and costs 2,000 yen ($25) for admission.
For more information, please visit http://arabianmode.com/.
Japan has about 100,000 Muslim residents out of a population of roughly 130 million. Of them, about 10,000 are Japanese citizens, according to the Japan Muslim Association.
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