Monday, September 17, 2007

Haute Couture, Not Hate Couture

This post is meant to be a bit of a companion piece to CJ's below. The rightwing noise machine goes to great pains to foment hate for those that they perceive to be our enemies, and they go to great lengths to pigeonhole and dehumanize them to the masses. This has been done, with a good deal of success, respectively to the Iraqis, the Iranians and to Muslims in general.

Of course, the reality, as is to be expected, is a much more complex and compelling story. More on the flip....

Fashion Week in New York City is not a place one would expect to find a devout practitioner of Islam, much less would one expect to find said practitioner to be a celebrated designer, busy behind the scenes tarting up her models with her latest creations.

Turkish designer Rabia Yalcin is a devout Muslim. In public she wears a hear scarf and conservative dress. But the plunging neck lines, peek-a-boo bras and see-through material reveal her flair for the sensual.

Asked if she would ever wear her garments, Yalcin responds, "Of course I would wear it, but in private at my home." Yalcin believes a girl can have it all, mixing haute couture with Islamic sensibility.

...Yalcin is quite modest and traditional in her dress.

In this, she sees no contradiction between her faith and her career.

"My religion has taught me about understanding and loving," said Yalcin. "As far as I'm concerned, I create designs for women of all backgrounds and religions and I don't discriminate, and I have respect and love for all."
Amazing. Not only does this devout Muslim not hate us for our freedom, not only has she not had to been fought "over there" to keep her from killing us, "over here," but she is more than happy to leave us to whatever vices in our own homes and bedrooms in which we may wish to partake. There is is many a religious leader in this little old country of ours that could learn a valuable lesson from this lady.