Saudi Arabia is all set to host first ever Arab Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week 2017
Model Gigi Hadid presents a creation from the Fendi's Autumn/Winter 2017 women collection during Milan's Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy February 23, 2017. Reuters (Representational Image)

After lifting a ban on cinema, Saudi Arabia has plans to host the country's first ever Fashion Week in March 2018. This latest move shows that the kingdom is all set to reform itself into a more socially progressive society with a series of historic decisions that may give the world some interesting surprises.

On Monday, Feb 19, honorary president of the Arab Fashion Council (AFC) Princess Noura bint Faisal announced the Arab Fashion week that will be held in the capital city Riyadh from March 26 to March 31. Following this news, the Dubai-based Arab Fashion Council has also planned a second edition of the fashion week in October.

However, the authorities have not revealed the dress code and the first line-up of the event as of now.

"Saudi Arabia's artistic community has been growing in size and in confidence for a number of years and the General Entertainment Authority believes that such an event will allow a proper platform to showcase their fashion and arts talents as the vehicle for a comprehensive range of entertainment options in Saudi Arabia," Princess Noura told Arab News.

"The General Entertainment Authority is proud to support an event that seeks to bring people together in a mutual appreciation of the power of fashion and art," she added.

Reports said that the fashion week will take place at an eco-friendly Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh. The venue is known for its modern architectural style, which has been designed by the late celebrated Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.

The recent initiative of organising fashion shows has been welcomed by the fashion designers in the nation. Saudi fashion designer Arwa Al-Banawi said that she has been eagerly waiting for the fashion show to start in the kingdom.

"Saudi Arabia is becoming more and more developed and I'm seeing a lot of Saudi designers following their dreams, it's a very special time for female empowerment and also for the world to see the beautiful creative talent in our country," the designer told Arab News.

She added: "I can't wait to have my first fashion show in Riyadh. I'm really excited that this is finally happening in my own country."

In the recent years, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been easing several restrictions in the country. He lifted the ban on women driving in 2017. The Crown Prince have also planned to develop a smart city called NEOM where women could lead a free lifestyle.