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Rapid Change Underway as Saudi Hosts 1st Arab Fashion Week

Riyadh (April 11, 2018): Saudi Arabia is hosting kingdom’s first-ever Arab Fashion Week.

Jean Paul Gaultier and Roberto Cavalli are in Saudi Arabia — headlining the Fashion Week, an event that opened Tuesday to equal parts excitement and controversy.Listed as an international fashion week alongside Paris and Milan, Arab Fashion Week offers exclusively see-now-buy-now collections and pre-collections.

The ultraconservative kingdom has witnessed rapid policy change since the June appointment of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the king and heir to his throne.As of this summer, women will be allowed to drive in the kingdom. The crown prince has also hinted that the abaya — the long loose robe worn by women from the neck down — may not be compulsory.

The second edition of Saudi Arab Fashion Week is already scheduled for October.

Dubai will continue to host its own parallel Arab Fashion Week, with the sixth edition slotted for May 9-12.

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