By ALRPMN (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By ALRPMN (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Yves Saint Laurent co-founder asks big brands to make Muslim women more beautiful by giving them their freedom.

Pierre Berge claims that he is not Islamophobic. However, he is against the rule of Islam that states that the women in their community should wear modest dress, and by modest, Islam means covering all body parts, except maybe their face. Berge is a French industrialist and patron. He is the co-founder of the famous Yves Saint Laurent Couture House. He was the life and business partner of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Recently, he spoke against western designers for catering to Islamic fashion. He lashed out at designers ranging from Zara to Dolce & Gabbana for making modest clothes, abaya, and hijab for their Muslim customers. According to him, Islamic fashion is part of the Islamic dictatorship that imposes their women to cover up and forces them to live a life hidden from the rest of the world. Berge said every human being has a right to live a free life. He said that the Muslim women should be taught to revolt so that they could live like the rest of the women in the world. Berge urged the designers to renounce money made by catering to Islamic fashion.

On the same note, a French government minister also made headlines by speaking against Islamic fashion. Laurence Rossignol, Minister for Families, Children and Women's rights, went one step ahead of Berge and said that the women who favor Islamic fashion are like negroes who supported slavery. Her lash-out against the western designers and the people supporting Islamic fashion came in the wake of Marks and Spencer announcing their full body swimsuit for Muslim women in the British market. The full body swimsuit covers the whole body except the face, hands, and feet.

Ms. Rossignol, speaking to RMC radio, said that social control over a woman's body is at stake here. When the big brands cater to the Islamic fashion for monetary gain, they are being irresponsible and are promoting the enslavement of women. Later, Ms. Rossignol admitted that she made an error when she used the n-word, however, other than that, she stands firm about her views regarding the 'modest line' of clothes by western designers.

In the year 2010, the French government had banned the donning of any headgear that covered the face, like the burqa, niqab, balaclava, and even masks. At that time, many people considered the move as an extension of a general anti-Muslim sentiment that existed in France.

The Islamic fashion industry is a very fast-growing industry. It is expected to top $300 billion by 2020, globally.

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