This weekend, Istanbul will play host to leading modest fashion designers, influencers, buyers and
tastemakers from around the world. Twenty-one labels are set to present their Ramadan collections at the
second edition of Istanbul Modest Fashion Week (IMFW), among them Indonesia’s Dian Pelangi – one of
the global stars of the rapidly-growing modest fashion sector and whose creations feature in the
internationally touring exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions, currently showing in Frankfurt.
Another of this weekend’s headliners is Feriel Moulaï, who turned heads when she became the first hijabi
model at Paris Fashion Week last October. The Belgian model of Algerian heritage will join supermodel
Halima Aden on the runway in Istanbul, appearing in five shows on Saturday, for Refka, Halima x Modanisa,
Mayovera, Sherpa, and Nihan Peker x Modanisa.
IMFW organizer and main sponsor, leading modest fashion e-tailer Modanisa.com has published the full
programme for the two-day event, which will be staged at the Zorlu Centre, home also to Istanbul Fashion
Week. The 21 shows will include a mixture of ready-to-wear and couture comprising day, evening and
bridal wear, alongside new collections of beach attire and athleisure.
IMFW opens with two exclusive shows at 2 pm on Saturday, 20 April. First up will be a “Special Collection”
by Modanisa’s popular contemporary in-house label Refka. This will be followed by the eagerly-awaited
fashion collaboration between Halima Aden and Modanisa.
Also presenting on Day One is Rabia Z. Widely regarded as the “first modest fashion label in the world”, the
Afghan-Emirati will unveil her sustainable ‘Basics, Reimagined’ collaboration with Modanisa on Saturday
afternoon. Malaysia’s UmmiRiaz International, Barli Asmara (Indonesia), and Turkey’s Mayovera, Meryem
Acar and Minel Aşk also present their collections on Saturday afternoon. On Saturday evening, there is an
exclusive show by British jewelry brand Sherpa.
Day One concludes with top Turkish designer Nihan Peker, who will showcase her first-ever modest fashion
collection. A graduate of Istituto Milan and renowned for her minimalist black and white style, Peker’s
ready-to-wear capsule collection for Modanisa will feature luxurious pieces for day and evening wear.