As one of the world’s best-dressed royals, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser‘s public appearances have long been looked out for by fashion enthusiasts. The Qatari royal served up her highly-regarded sophisticated sense of style once again this week when she stepped out to open the ‘Baghdad: Eye’s Delight’ exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha. The showcase aims to celebrate Baghdad as the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate, paying homage to its past and highlighting its importance in the 20th century as a political, economic, and intellectual hub. Curated by Dr Julia Gonnella, director of the MIA, and the museum’s curatorial team, the exhibition features objects on loan from world-renowned museums.
For the occasion, the royal was dressed in a stunning abaya by Dolce & Gabbana, picked from the Italian fashion house’s Alta Mode line, thus making it that much more unique. The statement piece came covered entirely in multicolored sequins that were arranged in geometric motifs, Arabesques, flowers, and palm trees, as a tribute to the ancient Oriental rugs that were knotted by hand.
Just like the hours of work and care that go into creating a rug, the A-line coat too required extreme patience in the threading of its sequins. Its colors also nodded to carpentry and the significance of colors and combinations they use with white representing purity and innocence, red for the principle of life, blue expressing hope, and gold standing for wealth, power, and prestige. The royal paired the abaya with complementing gold accessories, a navy blue chiffon headscarf, and a bold red lip to top it all off.