For western outfits, bespoke tailoring is not very
common as most people opt to buy off the rack or pret wear. These clothes are
easily and conveniently available in a number of sizes and styles, allowing the
person to try on a few apparel items before selecting those that are the most
flattering for them as well as suit their sense of style.
Middle Eastern clothing items like abaya
and jilbab, the large majority of designers were offering ready to wear
lines, as these outfits are loose fitting to begin with and the regular sizes
can fit a range of women varying in shape and size. But with the passage of
time and the increasing popularity of the abayas, new designers have started to
present bespoke and personalised tailoring services to their clients. Although
there are still large stocks of “off the rack” abayas available at
all leading Islamic stores across the globe, many smaller boutiques or well
known designers now provide their customer base with the uniqueness of a one of
a kind dress.
the media focusing a great amount of time on latest fashions and trends, the
Muslim woman is also becoming more and more aware of styles and designs.
Initially the women were happy to be dressed in the simple and classic abayas
readily available in stores and boutiques, but today the modern woman likes to
explore her options about the way she dresses. This is creating a large market
for dress designers and wardrobe coordinators to offer and cater to the savvy
women of today.
abayas designers now choose to have a face to face evaluation with the client
in order to get a feel of their dressing needs. This provides them with the
added advantage of finding out about the customers physical attributes like
their hair and skin colouring and physique in addition to their choice of
colours, cuts and styles. These meetings also allow the client to discuss about
the event or occasion that the abayas are needed for, which is the first step
that the designer needs to take before creating an ensemble for their client.
to these aspects, more and more Muslim women, in particular the affluent and
wealthy are turning towards bespoke tailoring to fulfill their abayas needs. In
addition, the choice of fabric, patterns and embellishments can also be chosen
and selected according to the wearer’s own taste. These are the primary reasons
for the change in trend towards bespoke tailoring.