Clémence Chatel – Hijab Collection
Diploma project with Diego Bontognali, Nicole Udry
Nowadays, veiled women in Beirut seem to be displaying rather than concealing their beauty. The Islamic veil no longer functions as a symbol of modesty. Girls wearing rings in their noses follow the latest trends without renouncing religion. To express this modern life graced with a certain level of liberalism, I designed brightly coloured hijabs that reflect the complex realities of a country with multiple identities and contradictions. I also produced a newspaper highlighting the cultural mix in Lebanon and the stereotype of young women torn between western cultures and societal pressure.