Based in Sweden, Iranian-born designer Jaleh Yousefi offers Arabic fashion with a European twist. All her clothes are hand sewn by Swedish tailors in Malmö.
“Usually Arabic dresses are made of a certain type of fabric that we don’t use in Western countries, but I mix that. Why don’t I use hijabs for my dresses? It’s because they are party-dresses, and usually Emirati women don’t use hijabs at parties,” she explained.
Throughout the Gulf region, women hold what’s known as “inside parties”, where there are no men, which means they don’t have to wear hijabs or scarfs.