Turkish Fashion Designers Make Muslim Style Chic

Turkish designers balance head scarves and form-fitting apparel
Photograph by Monique Jaques for Bloomberg Businessweek

In Istanbul on a recent Friday, it was time to send the page proofs of Ala magazine to the printer. Ala, which means “the most beautiful of the beautiful,” is the world’s first fashion publication for conservative Muslim women. Its office doesn’t feel like a bastion of traditional Islam: The talk is of models, photo shoots, deadlines, and accessories.

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