First fashion show in Baghdad since US invasion
By Hafsa Fallah
Morocco News Tribune
Manchester, England—Baghdad hosted its first fashion show since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, a move by the war-torn country to get the local fashion and beauty industry to recover.
The audience, which was predominately women, seemed keen to enjoy and follow the show and new fashion trends, which were more a show of Iraq’s best hairdressers’ and beauticians’ talents, the Asharq Alawsat Newspaper reported.
Not like those in Paris, New York or Milan, the festival in central Baghdad was held in the small Sadeer Hotel in Andalus Square.
Last weekend’s Fashion Show came as a challenge to the sectarian war and political instability, which led extremists to attack the fashion designers and beauty industry makers , driving them out of the city according to news reports.
The extremists insisted that women shouldn’t change their appearance and must only be seen by their husbands.
The Fashion Show in Baghdad is an indication that providing more security and stability in the country would bring the beauty industry back to fulfill the needs of the locals and possibly compete on the international arena.