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Before Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, citizens weren't required to wear the Islamic cover known as the hijab and the country's fashion was almost identical to that of the United States and Europe. After the revolution, though, the hijab became required by law.
Although the standard black hijab is still commonplace—especially in rural areas in the country—Iran has recently seen a fashion renaissance, and cities like Tehran are becoming home to new and innovative designers. The clothing may still have to respect the Islamic dress codes, but the bright colors and designs would never have been seen a decade ago in Iran.
Last summer, VICE went to Tehran to attend the third annual Fajr Fashion Show and speak with some of Iran's new designers. The country's top officials—responsible for granting permission for the show—were all seated in the front row to show show their support. And to make sure the models were adhering to the country's law.
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to my non-muslim friends, let me tell u that the hijab is very effective at its purpose. i had a crush back in school and i would get infatuated over her 24/7. then one time we had an outing and she was wearing the hijab, needless to say i was able to focus on other things. 10 years later, she's a full blown ninja and i have made a pledge not to date any girl that wears hijab. however, most of these women aren't even wearing it properly.
Alternate Title: Iran Under the Shaw, circa 1974. They've gone through the time warp and have been spit back out on the other side. There are pictures of women in bikinis in Iran from the 70s. Khomeini was the start of the country's downfall.
Westerners will never feel happy unless your wife,daughter and sister wears bikini,tanga and g string.They will never feel happy unless they see women in clubs.They will neva get pleased unless there hotels are booked by boys and girls for sex.They will never fell happy if they don't change their girlfriends every year.They will never accept her if she doesn't show up her boobs or if she does not have long naked legs.I found the importance of islamic dress and instructions for men and women when i moved abroad and now i live in south korea.However,i don't believe in enforced Hijab at all.
@UC6W8IXIPtay5q7ceu8zASYA my brother or sister,i live in an absolute westernized society which indeed considers America as God.And yeah,i am talking about south Korea.What do u mean by "Women have choice"?
With due respect to my western sisters and mothers out there,women in western society is psychologically enslaved.She has to be very very thin as much as 55 kg to look attractive (?),She has to wear high heels to look a very tall girl(?) ,She has to cover herself up by wearing cosmetics and makeup(?),She has to show half of her boobs and the part in between the the breast to make guys feel that she is sexy,has big boobs(?),And yeah she has to wear such that her hips will make a CURVE which is attractive to boys(?) She has to keep on dying the hair to give herself new perspective (?).The list never ends. After all these facts how can a sound mind say that women are free?
When i say to my friends(girls) in class and around the campus that for me, heart of a girl is more important than her face,they reply me back saying,"i wish everyone would think like you".Women is not free either east or west due to culture or standards of society
If you want to see some stunning fashion in a country that doesn't restrict its women quite as badly (although it is still a world gang rape capital), but very similar textiles and clothing cuts, check out India Fashion Week. Those shows are to die for. All the gorgeousness of this but all out in the open and available to for anybody who can afford it. If you can afford it, you can wear it.
Look how sympathetic lefties are towards anything and everything Muslim and hijabi. I absolutely don't care if you want to wear a trash bag black burka or a hijab - but do not come to my country, esp as a male, and judge me, or attack me, for not wearing it. I don't come to your country in a bikini looking to get laid. See how that works? I just don't see how lucrative fashion can be with these kinds of clothing restrictions for WOMEN ONLY OF COURSE. Most women a) won't be able to afford these clothes they can wear only in private; and b) the largely uneducated masses will always choose the burka or the chadour or plain inexpensive clothes and hijab. This is nuts.
Why are you all leaving so many hate comments? It was your countries like USA and United Kingdom which paved the way for the Ayatollahs.
Before Grand Ayatollah Khomeini it was Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh (First democratically elected PM of Iran) in power. He transformed Iran into a secular democratic nation. But Britishers and Americans saw interest in the Shah power. So they forced PM Mohammad Mosaddegh out of the office posing him as a communist.
Mohammad Mosaddegh reduced the power of the Shah and even Ayatollahs supported his term.
Your countries are responsible for paving the path for Shah again which eventually led to protests and then Ayatollahs came up in power to protect their country from western occupation.
Persians are awesome. Persian and Indians were always in good relations. We Indians genuinely love Persians (Iranian, Afghans and Tajiks).
I hope Iran achieve all it desired goals despite of senctions of the US.
I am a American. And I think this is very honorable. You are the one country in the world that has real independence. You are not infected by the parasitic zionist Jew. You should be very proud and walk with your heads high. The dirty Jew has destroyed America. 98% of the people walk with their heads in the cloud. You have real news. Our media and entertainment is disgusting filth. We have very talented people who can not express real ideas. We are the oppressed. But revolution is coming to America very shortly. Peope are tired here. P.s. stay off the international monetary system. It is the head of the snake. Persians are the shit
Islam is a complicated culture ,and religion. It forbids the women's,and other's minorities rights,in some Islamic countries,like those ones on the Arabian peninsula ,especially christian's, but allows homosexuality(bacha bazi بچه بازی)..Iran can be exeption ,becuase there's a beautiful Russian orthodox church at the heart of Tehran.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religious_centers_in_Tehran#Orthodox_expatriate_community_churches
Once I was against this Islamic women clothing, but to be honest look at whats happening to non islamic women nowadays, instead of showing their heart or their brains in clothing, they are showing their asses, etc, their bitchyness, none worthyness.... and im not islamic, just kinda made me think that what happened to our women who got a little bit of freedom - look what happened to them...
The older gentleman crying and talking about the possibilities for the new generation really moved me. One of my best friends is Iranian and what that Country has gone through is unbelievable. I really hope change will come.
It's so tiny to see how liberals embrace Islamic culture and their treatment of women. Women can't"look sexual" or they're beaten or killed and this is with their entire body and face covered. A woman's word is worth half a man's word in court. Women are beaten with sticks like animals and if a woman is accused of any transgression that shames the family it's legal to kill her. It just shows how the left will adopt any cause or standpoint if it's convenient to them and their objectives. Total hypocrisy is the norm. In America a woman has the right to abortions at any age and the tax payers should pay for them no questions asked, while under sharia a woman doesn't even have the right to choose when she has sex. There's no such thing as martial rape, she cent show her face in public and if she's raped she needs 3 male witnesses to confirm her story or she'll be killed to save the honor of her family. Well I have no problem with people coming to America from Islamic nations but if they seek refuge in my country they can live by our laws.but if you look in Europe where they've been Allowed to settle large areas they institute sharia law and they openly speak of conquering the people who have taken them in and stealing their women and forcing them to choose between converting to Islam or being beheaded. That ain't right. The left see it a way to weaken America so they love Islam and feminists embrace the hijab! What a world were living in today!
I remember the day I learned the U.S is responsible for the current Islamic state of iran. I over heard an Iranian kid flipping out and explaining so fast he bit his cheek. Yelling at the racist kid in my highschool class and it turned into a writting research lesson history. Where we got a more in depth look at things leading up to our current state. The teacher was so proud that this kid knew his history.
Islam is such a goddamn cancer. Don't get me wrong, Christianity is just as stupid, but at least most western countries have gotten over the bullshit and put it where it should be in society, in the fringe.
"Iranian fashion is progressive, intellectual, and comes in a wide variety of styles."
"Iranian fashion is exciting, exploding, and progressive."
VICE proceeds to show 10 minutes 18 seconds of Iranian women wearing hijab, burka, cropped pants, skinny jeans under 12 layers of tunic, high boots, and sweaters in the summer.
And then the real coup de gras, "Is something that you'd wear everyday?" "No they got a special permit from the Culture Ministry!" WTF?
Think about that, how is something so progressive and forward such as a pink floor length dress-suit with a vest and full blouse for summer "progressive" when you have to have a special permit to wear his type of clothing? And if you don't have the permit, then what? The special Iranian police and Cultural Ministry stone you know the street for being fully clothed? VICE must be a liberal "news" source.
Based in Budapest, Hungary, we get many Iranian girl students doing Western studies here. Persian women are stunning - and also fun people. None of them seem to wear the hijab here but I guess they must back in Iran. Hope the slow thaw in social conventions such as clothes continues for them.
Damn man, these poor women must hate the summer since they have to cover themselves up so much. They are beautiful though! Btw, is it safe to travel to Iran? i really want to visit this country but i'm afraid for my safety :(
Big deal. Being raised in Orthodoxy in the late '50's, I was told that women were such an abomination to the eyes of the Lord, they had to cover themselves so he could tolerate their presence. And that's Ukrainian style Orthodoxy, following the Old Testament, which Sharia Law follows. The hijab and burqa's are signs of supporting the abuse of females including female genital mutilation and those jokes of "child marriage". The hijab is a "veiled threat" of what is to come for all women world wide.
VICE, I'm a big fan of your work. One mistake here though: your closed captioning states that that they are speaking Arabic. Please note, they are speaking Persian. The largest ethnic group in Iran are Persians and that is the official language. (Arabic and Persian are not even in the same language family by the way.) If you could correct this mistake on your closed captioning, that would be wonderful. Thanks again for all your amazing stories!
They are starting from what was literally a uniform, and an all-black uniform at that. In a country where that is decidedly not traditional. So yeah, they're a little giddy about being able wearing colors and patterns. It's novel for those who grew up after the Revolution. It's also an important sign that the country is starting to care about it's native heritage. Iranian clothing was once artistic and creative, and this is a sign that it might one day be that way again. Thus, rebirth or "renaissance".
There is nothing totally new under the sun in clothing anyhow. Even in the West. I'd settle for seeing them resurrect a fashion that hasn't been used in several hundred years.
Just to clarify though: that wasn't what was seen as empowering for women. The empowerment bit came in because women can now appear in fashion shows. Since they can't appear in any other kind of show, this is quite significant. Plays, concerts, etc. all the performers are men.