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How fashionable abayas are shedding their stigma on Saudi Arabia’s runways

Donning chic neck-to-toe abayas, models saunter in high heels around a swimming pool in a glitter-filled fashion show staged in the unlikeliest of places: Saudi Arabia.

Haute couture displays are rare in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom and have usually been restricted to women or avoided female models altogether – one even displayed dresses dangling from drones.

But a private event in Riyadh last weekend – which showcased a new collection of abayas, a billowy, figure-concealing robe – opened up to a small but mixed-gender audience at a time when social restrictions are slowly being eased in the country.


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