History was made at New York Fashion Week this week when Anniesa Hasibuan became the first-ever designer to showcase a collection of clothing with hijabs.
On Monday, the 28-year-old Muslim designer, who is also the first Indonesian designer to present at a NYFW venue, sent models down the runway in an array of pastel and patterned pieces, including trousers, tunics, kimonos and evenings. All 48 looks were worn with hijabs.
According to Elle, the collection was inspired by Hasibuan's hometown of Jakarta. In an Instagram post on Anniesa's account, she explains that she uses "printing techniques for belt and batik to add the Indonesian touch and her bold signature characters." She even collaborated with WARDAH makeup, a cosmetics line originally from Indonesia.
Introducing...D'Jakarta for @nyfw This time, Anniesa Hasibuan is back to NYC with D'Jakarta, the latest collection depicting colorful and vibrant world of this cosmopolitan city. Famously known for its unique styles reflecting the rich cultural diversity, this Capital of Indonesia inspires Anniesa to once again present another remarkable face of Indonesian stunning ethnic mosaics. For the patterns, Anniesa uses printing techniques for belt and batik to add the Indonesian touch and her bold signature characters. As for the colors, earthy tone combined with gold, green and peach, will dominate these intricate designs. Anniesa Hasibuan is again collaborating with WARDAH make up art, which is the original cosmetic from Indonesia. Sharing the same vivid vision and mision, both Anniesa Hasibuan and Wardah are proud to show the beauty of Indonesia to the world. NYFW the show for Spring Summer 2017 Collections at The Dock, Skylight Moynihan Station NY, 8 PM. #AnniesaHasibuan #AHforNYFW #AHdjakarta #DJakarta #NYFW #NYFWtheshow #NewYorkFashionWeek #NYFW #AnniesaHasibuanOfficial #AnniesaHasibuanDaily #wardah #cantikdarihati #AnniesaHasibuanXWardah #ldjprodnyc #imgmodels
"I want to bring the Indonesian name to the fashion world, and use my clothes to introduce people to the different and diverse parts of Indonesia," Hasibuan told The Jakarta Post.
And while bringing Muslim fashion to a global stage is definitely a major moment for the designer, she makes it clear that this isn't an overnight success.
"People sometimes think that I’ve just jumped straight into going to NYFW, but it was a process. It has been a long journey which I have taken step-by-step," Hasibuan told The Jakarta Post.
Still, considering Anniesa only started her brand one year ago, she's already come a very long way.
You can check out more of the looks from her collection below: