United Arab Emirates
Rabia Zargarpur is an Emirati designer who specializes in fashion for modern Muslim women. Her clothing line—Rabia Z—is “universal modest chic” and “conservative couture.” Her designs are accessible to Muslim women wearing the hijab, yet they are far from being an exclusively Arab or Islamic. “Conservative couture is not necessarily for women who wear the hijab,” she explained. “Modern yet modest applies to all my labels.” In 2008, Zargarpur won the British Council’s International Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Mediterranean region. In 2009, her designs hit the runway of London Fashion Week.