Not many people know that Saudi Arabia had organized its first ever fashion show in the month of April. Where female models walked the ramp in front of an all-female audience. Where people thought this was the country’s first step to encourage something really empowering for the women, it seems like Saudi has decided to prove all of us wrong.
Why is this fashion show different?
A really bizarre fashion show took place in a luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia a couple of days back to bring about a change in the fashion world. However, it seems like the internet is not ready to accept this kind of change anytime soon. In a country where women are often the victim of male chauvinism and not even given basic fundamental rights, it’s not really a surprise for anyone if they come up with the most uncomfortable ways of replacing women models in a fashion show.
The fashion show was organized by Jeddah Hilton and used unmanned flying devices known as ‘drones’ to showcase the clothes. The fashion show rather than looking different ended up being a bit creepy and uncomfortable for the people. To be honest, I really don’t blame the audience, the video is for sure scary.
Drones better than women?
The organizers apparently wanted to bring about a change in the fashion industry. However, I don’t think the people on the internet are ready to buy that statement anytime soon. Most of the people think this step was taken to replace female models since people in Saudi Arabia still find fashion show with real women in it highly outrageous. I don’t think any different from the people on the internet either. A country which organized its first ever fashion in 2018 and extended the right to vote for women in the year 2011 can possibly come up with any possible way to ensure that women never get complete independence. I really don’t understand if this was Saudi Arabia’s 3018 step for women or 1018.
“It’s great to think out of the box. They were trying to do something different and fashion is such a creative space. However, this was not really something I would encourage or would like to see again,” Alia Khan, chairwoman of the Islamic Fashion & Design Council in the United Arab Emirates was quoted saying to the CNN.
All this nevertheless, didn’t stop people from making fun of this fashion show. A Twitter user tweeted how the fashion show reminded him of the ‘dementors’ from the movie Harry Potter. The fashion show undoubtedly has created a buzz in the social media and garnered a lot of attention to itself. Another twitter user tweeted how he felt that the look of the clothes exhibited in the fashion show was taken away because drones apparently cannot replace body shape.
While it definitely seems funny, it does reflect the position of women in Saudi Arabia. Women undoubtedly have a very long way to go for their rights and livelihood.