Designer Hussain Rehar has issued a statement regarding the name and intent of his latest collection, titled “Parday Ke Peechay” (Behind the Curtain). He has emphasized that this collection is an artistic and fashionable expression, devoid of any religious connotations or symbolism. The choice of the name “Parday Ke Peechay” was intended to convey the notion of unveiling the behind-the-scenes effort and chaos involved in creating innovative and captivating fashion.
The controversy surrounding the collection emerged following its unveiling, particularly due to a photograph depicting a woman with a head covering while revealing her belly. This initial photo was captioned “Parday Ke Peechay,” which added fuel to the controversy. The term took a different form in several minds but the designer has now clarified its meaning.
Parday Ke Peechay is Not What You Think
In response to the backlash, Hussain Rehar took to his personal Instagram account to clarify his artistic intentions. He stressed that the collection draws inspiration from the fashion trends of the 90s, offering a distinctive form of fashion expression. He underscored that the collection was never meant to allude to religious concepts like the veil or any associated symbolism.
Rehar further shared images of models adorned with head coverings in his explanatory post, including renowned Bollywood actors such as Rekha, Aishwarya Rai, and Sridevi along with his own work at the end.
The Parday Ke Peechay collection stands as a testament to the designer’s creative vision and his aspiration to represent Pakistan’s diverse cultural identity. Amid the vibrant fashion landscape of the world, Pakistan’s fashion also comes off as a potent medium for self-expression.
Contribution to Global Fashion
Rehar emphasized that his collection is a tribute to Pakistan’s rich fashion heritage. It aims to celebrate the nation’s creativity and artistry on both a domestic and global scale. His fusion of historical elements with modern influences reflects his desire to contribute positively to the global fashion scene.
The designer extended his heartfelt appreciation to everyone who engaged with his creations and concluded his message with a note of thankfulness. He conveyed sincere gratitude towards all those who exhibited enthusiasm and support for their endeavors. They viewed fashion as a powerful vehicle for expressing one’s inner self and felt excited about sharing their creative perspective with everyone.
In the end, Rehar thanked his admirers for the investing time in reading the statement and eagerly looked forward to the continued journey of spreading their passion for art and fashion to a wider audience.
Women’s Fashion Usually Becomes a Religious Issue in Pakistan
It is noteworthy that issues related to women’s fashion often tend to morph into religious debates in Pakistan. This phenomenon is not unprecedented; history holds instances of similar occurrences. In the past, outfits, styles, and design choices by Pakistani designers and artists have occasionally triggered debates about their alignment with religious values. This has sometimes led to public discussions on the cultural implications and appropriateness of certain fashion choices.
This phenomenon can be attributed to a variety of factors, including the country’s socio-cultural context, historical influences, and the evolving nature of religious conservatism. Pakistan is a predominantly Muslim country, and Islamic values hold significant influence over various aspects of daily life, including clothing.
Traditional Islamic code emphasizes modesty and encourage covering certain parts of the body, for both men and women. Any departure from these norms in women’s fashion can evoke concerns about the adherence to religious principles. However, women have to face most of the intolerance while men normally get away scot-free.