Hijab fashion show at the Morton Arboretum

Yesterday (Sunday) we were honored to attend the Spring fashion show for local designer Noor Couture.

It was held at the beautiful Morton Arboretum in Wheaton, a suburb of Chicago.

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While the crowd of women waited for the show to begin, they got to enjoy the gorgeous decor including these beautiful white roses.

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Hors d’oeuvres were served to guests including tasty goat cheese and beets on a light piece of toast. The menu was a collaboration between Noor Couture and My Halal Kitchen.

See many more pictures after the jump!

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The woman behind the brand, Noor, launched her business a little over two years ago. Her clothing is made right here in the USA.

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Left to Right: Noor of Noor Couture and Yvonne Maffei of My Halal Kitchen.

Noor spoke a bit about how she goes about designing her clothing, and what it takes behind the scenes to get something from an idea, to a pattern, and then made and ready for the consumer.

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Here are a few of her designs:

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The event was unique, because in-between the fashion show, Itedal Shalabi from Arab American Family Services, presented a skit on domestic violence and spoke with the women about various forms of abuse that occur in the Muslim and Arab community, and the need for more people to be able to stand up and advocate for survivors. Make sure to read our post on Wednesday when we feature our interview with Itedal.

Noor spoke to the audience about her own personal story. She said her mother was beaten to death due to domestic violence. Noor was hosting the fashion show partly as a tribute to her mother. Noor said 10% of sales proceeds for the next two months will be donated to Arab American Family Services.

There was also a musical performance by local aspiring singer Shaz.

This fashion show was not only an event that showcased tasteful and feminine hijab fashion, but it also provided a dose of education about an issue that affects many women and families regardless of religion, race, or social status.

It was an important reminder to all of us that we need to work toward the betterment of society and to help those who are suffering.

If you’re interested in buying from Noor Couture you can find them online by clicking here.