Many in Pakistan like to follow the western culture when dressing up, but most of us do not know that the western community seems to be embracing the Pakistani dressing sense, from Gucci to Sadak and Versace, a number of western designers have displayed Pakistan’s inspired collections at fashion weeks. Here are five of the western designers who are inspired by Pakistani culture:
Gucci, an Italian luxury brand of fashion, designed this duhri-style dress, which is also inspired from Sindhi dress duhri, a Pakistani traditional dress made out of gold, worn by the Sindhi bride at her wedding day.
It seems like that Western Designers simply cannot stop drawing inspiration from Pakistani culture. Donatella Versace, the Italian designer and current vice president of Versace Group recently launched his new menswear collection in Milan. The surprising factor here is that a large part of that collection was inspired from Pakistani national dress, Shalwar Kameez.
It looks like that Sasa Kovacevic, a Serbian-born fashion and stage designer and founder of Sadak got all the attention on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2015 held in Berlin, Germany when he unveiled his collection, which was highly inspired by Islamic concept of hijab. The tradition of hijab is very common in Pakistan where women use a veil to cover their head and face. Although it is quite funny for seeing men to wear this type of dress.
Another English fashion designer, Stella McCartney came out with Chellini, which she took the inspiration from Pakistani traditional dress, Gharara. Moreover, the remarkable thing is its price, which is almost £1,100.00.
Paul Smith, an English designer and businessperson, has also unveiled new footwear for men and named it Robert Sandal, which is also the copy of Pakistani Peshawari Chappal. This so-called Robert Sandal created publicity on social media. Additionally, the price of this particular product is £300.00, which is also a lengthy debate.
Regrettably, Paul Smith failed to mention his inspiration source for producing the sandals. However, after an online petition and Twitter outrage, the designer’s website changed the product description to state that the sandal was “inspired by the Peshawari Chappal“.
So many western designers have drawn inspiration from Pakistani cultural clothing and used it in their women western wear collections. Although there is nothing wrong with getting ideas and drawing inspirations from anywhere, but the problem arises when there is lack of awareness and due credit given to the the true source of inspiration.
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