Street style in Iran

Street style in Iran... 23/11/2017 Culture

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How Iranian street style thrives under the country's strict dress code
[Yahoo Lifestyle]
Savita Iyer
Yahoo LifestyleNovember 22, 2017
Tehran street style (Photo by Hoda Katebi)

* * * Since the 1979 revolution, which brought an Islamic government to power, women in Iran have had to follow a strict dress code that requires them to wear a headscarf and a coat (known as a manteau).
Over the years, women have resisted this mandatory dress code both covertly and in more daring ways, risking being apprehended and possibly even imprisoned, by the undercover clothing police who patrol the streets in cities and towns across Iran. But the dress code restrictions have also forced an exciting and original fashion scene to take root in Iran, where designers work above and below ground to create clothing that adheres to the dress code, yet showcases their creativity and gives everyday Iranian women a chance to express their individuality.
The sea of manteaux and headscarves you see on the streets of Tehran come in an array of colors, ranging from pastel pink to bright turquoise. Some younger women opt for open-front, buttonless coats worn over ripped jeans and paired sandals; others are daring to wear shorter, above-the-knee coats. Both styles are marked diversions from the traditional look. When it comes to manteaux, the styles run the gamut — some are embroidered, others may have asymmetrical hemlines. Here and there, a coat is embellished, adorned with a motif inspired by Iran’s history and rich, traditional heritage, or even, as the German-Iranian photographer Samaneh Khosravi, discovered, boldly emblazoned with American icons like Marilyn Monroe.
Khosravi, who has lived in Germany for over seven years, says she herself was surprised to hear from friends in Iran about the cult of beauty and fashion that exists there despite the government’s restrictions, and in 2015, she decided to go to Iran to see it at first hand.
“There’s this idea that the world has about Iranian women today that is in total contrast with reality,” Khosravi, who published her photos documenting Iran’s contemporary fashion styles and beauty ideals in a book entitled Among Women, says. “In Iran, you find different perspectives of beauty and beauty ideals that are not really known in the Western world.”
In Iran, “fashion persists despite limitations,” Mahtab, a fashion-forward student in Tehran, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
And that’s possible mainly because of the work of underground fashion designers, whose designs are highly sought after by after by young Iranians eager for the innovative ways in which they push the boundaries of the mandatory dress code.
It isn’t easy to find Iran’s underground designers: They operate out of their homes or via private Instagram accounts, says Iranian activist Hoda Katebi, who also founded the fashion and activism blog JooJoo Azad. Katebi lives in the United States, but has spent long periods in Iran. During a recent trip to the country, she met with many of these underground designers who host invitation-only fashion shows in private spaces, often for audiences of both sexes, something that is forbidden in Iran. These designers have loyal clientele who buy and wear their creations.
---Over the years, women in Iran have resisted the mandatory dress code both covertly and in more daring ways, risking being apprehended and possibly punished. ---

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