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How the Headscarf Took Over the Runway

Headscarves: Whether they’re worn for religious, functional, or fanciful reasons, they are one of the oldest female accoutrements, but have fallen away from mainstream fashion in recent decades. But for Fall 2018 Fashion Month, the scarf re-emerged on major runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, appearing at Marc Jacobs, Versace, and Gucci. Marc Jacobs sent out models including Kaia Gerber, Vittoria Cerretti, and Winnie Harlow with their hair tucked underneath black, hijab-like garments tied around their chin and a wide-brim hat. The look also emerged on the Dior Fall 2018 runway, where a handful of catwalkers heightened their black scarves with a baker-boy cap. Meanwhile at Gucci, babushka-inspired head coverings, turbans, and niqab-like veils punctuated the runway, and at Versace, tightly-wound headscarves served to visually elevate the dresses they were paired with.

Whether the scarves are simply a sweeping trend or political statement, it’s true that many designers are making an effort to be more inclusive to the growing modest movement. While the parallel London Modest Fashion Week was underway, Molly Goddard tapped veiled model Ikram Abdi Omar to walk the runway, meanwhile at Max Mara, two hijabis made an appearance. In 2016, Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan made New York Fashion Week history by sending an all-hijab collection down the runway to a standing ovation.

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