Saudi Arabia held its first ever fashion week last week. Photos from the event are hardly seen on social media because photographers were not allowed to cover the event.
At the opening ceremony which held at the Riltz Carlton hotel in Riyadh, men were allowed but the rest of the event was a female-only affair as models were not dressed in traditional abayas.
The Fashion that graced the runway were the type Saudi women might wear in private. In public they usually don a black, loose-fitting, floor-length cloak called an abaya. Restricted are clothes that reveal cleavage, those that are tto transparent and anything above the knee.
Organizers were the only ones allowed to take pictures inside the tent and photos have to be cleared by government censors before publication.
The event is one of the new entertainment opportunities opening up recently in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom and made possible by Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, the kingdom’s de-facto leader.
Layla Issa Abuzaid, country director for Saudi Arabia at the Arab Fashion Council, said when the project was announced: