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KSA Goes All Out For Fashion

Saudi Arabia has kicked off its first-ever fashion week with designs by Middle Eastern, Brazilian, U.S. and Russian designers as well as shows by internationally renowned labels Roberto Cavalli and Jean Paul Gaultier in Riyadh.

Keeping Saudi’s cultural norms and rules on gender segregation in mind, the catwalks are open to women-only and no outside cameras are allowed to film indoors.

The event marks the latest turnaround for a country that for decades has been ruled by an ultraconservative system of belief.

Although the kingdom has held fashion shows in the past, they have mostly been restricted to charitable causes and did not include big names in the industry.

The catwalks kicked off Thursday 12th April and will run until Saturday 14th April. In another first, the fashion week will conclude with a Russian ballet performance for an all women’s audience only.

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