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Iran's Fashion Renaissance: VICE Reports

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Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Before Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, citizens weren't required to wear the Islamic cover known as the hijab and the country's fashion was almost identical to that of the United States and Europe. After the revolution, though, the hijab became required by law. Although the standard black hijab is still commonplace—especially in rural areas in the country—Iran has recently seen a fashion renaissance, and cities like Tehran are becoming home to new and innovative designers. The clothing may still have to respect the Islamic dress codes, but the bright colors and designs would never have been seen a decade ago in Iran. Last summer, VICE went to Tehran to attend the third annual Fajr Fashion Show and speak with some of Iran's new designers. The country's top officials—responsible for granting permission for the show—were all seated in the front row to show show their support. And to make sure the models were adhering to the country's law. Check out more VICE Reports here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Reports Watch all episodes of Fashion Week Internationale - http://bit.ly/Fashion-Internationale Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice
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Text Comments (1459)
Robert Flores (11 hours ago)
The real Muslim Republic...Iran
M N (15 hours ago)
Well Done Gelareh, you're a very capable reporter! Even as a British Iranian, I never knew about this event and I'm impressed! Thank you for reporting it!
S. M. Clarke (12 days ago)
Oh, my goodness! That man at the end choking-up talking about the hope for the next generation, his children and a brighter future.
Raj Singh (13 days ago)
Fact: the Islamic revolution was backed by the CIA
ajoliver74 (19 days ago)
Under his eye.
Richy A Bautista (28 days ago)
basura asco
Deepak Gusain (1 month ago)
Men can wear anything on this world but women's can only wear different coloured bed sheets nice
westwass (1 month ago)
I remain ever-so-grateful to be a free woman in a free country. I would never survive under these conditions!
The young Conservative (1 month ago)
So women can now look fashionable while getting beat by there 57 year old husband
RAY NL (1 month ago)
Religion. Because thinking is hard.
Christina Robinson (2 months ago)
This is a joke really
Jack Daniels (2 months ago)
Make something like hijabs for the men too...why men have all the freedom
Men should wear the jihab too
Suren Kalantarian (2 months ago)
I like when woman wears modest dress It’s more beautiful to me
Nuralif Othman (3 months ago)
to my non-muslim friends, let me tell u that the hijab is very effective at its purpose. i had a crush back in school and i would get infatuated over her 24/7. then one time we had an outing and she was wearing the hijab, needless to say i was able to focus on other things. 10 years later, she's a full blown ninja and i have made a pledge not to date any girl that wears hijab. however, most of these women aren't even wearing it properly.
Attia Batool (3 months ago)
Great Imam Khumaini...
someone (3 months ago)
But Iranian women are allowed plastic surgery but not allowed to take scarf off plastic surgery is against Islam as well yet you let your wife's get it
Suren Kalantarian (2 months ago)
someone rly?
someone (3 months ago)
There are some anti Islam Iranians saying Islam destroyed their culture however mini skirts was never your culture that was western culture that you guys wanted to copy.
someone (3 months ago)
You forgot to mention wearing the heads scarf was banned at one point this is a important point
What song was he singing before starting That was wonderful Please tell .me
Rob Trousdale (4 months ago)
While the rest of the world Progressed they have digressed
LifeRacer (21 days ago)
Rob Trousdale I don’t think by showing your body parts can affect the progress
Orakel Gottes (4 months ago)
too much skin revealed !!! Harraaammmm !! hahahahhh
COW (4 months ago)
3:11 shes hot
That reporter talks like a dude, she seems alot more dikey then the other women.
Asgher Ali (4 months ago)
iran hub of prostition
said rahimi (4 months ago)
very ridiculuse
Paris (4 months ago)
Arabic NOT Persian
Paris (4 months ago)
Riley Frankenbush (4 months ago)
I ate my neighbor's dog once. It tasted like chicken nuggets. The funny thing was its name was Nugget. It was the last time that dog shit in my yard.
Kiran Fatima (4 months ago)
No one can beat when it comes to iran in all walks of life. i love you the host you are someone great great great what a command on what you are saying and doing* bows*
Louis chiraq (4 months ago)
Chador and hijab was part of Persian culture. The 20th century Pahlavi ruler Reza Shah banned the chador and all hijab in 1936, as incompatible with his modernizing ambitions
Scott Williamson (5 months ago)
Islam certainly has no qualms about oppressing their women. Saddening.
LifeRacer (21 days ago)
If you are a Christian then read *1 Corinthians 11:5* in Bible it says the same like Islam
Milquetoast Eugenicist (5 months ago)
Alternate Title: Iran Under the Shaw, circa 1974. They've gone through the time warp and have been spit back out on the other side. There are pictures of women in bikinis in Iran from the 70s. Khomeini was the start of the country's downfall.
周克共 (6 months ago)
What is he doing 1:12?
The innocent yonseian (6 months ago)
Westerners will never feel happy unless your wife,daughter and sister wears bikini,tanga and g string.They will never feel happy unless they see women in clubs.They will neva get pleased unless there hotels are booked by boys and girls for sex.They will never fell happy if they don't change their girlfriends every year.They will never accept her if she doesn't show up her boobs or if she does not have long naked legs.I found the importance of islamic dress and instructions for men and women when i moved abroad and now i live in south korea.However,i don't believe in enforced Hijab at all.
The innocent yonseian (6 months ago)
@UC6W8IXIPtay5q7ceu8zASYA my brother or sister,i live in an absolute westernized society which indeed considers America as God.And yeah,i am talking about south Korea.What do u mean by "Women have choice"? With due respect to my western sisters and mothers out there,women in western society is psychologically enslaved.She has to be very very thin as much as 55 kg to look attractive (?),She has to wear high heels to look a very tall girl(?) ,She has to cover herself up by wearing cosmetics and makeup(?),She has to show half of her boobs and the part in between the the breast to make guys feel that she is sexy,has big boobs(?),And yeah she has to wear such that her hips will make a CURVE which is attractive to boys(?) She has to keep on dying the hair to give herself new perspective (?).The list never ends. After all these facts how can a sound mind say that women are free? When i say to my friends(girls) in class and around the campus that for me, heart of a girl is more important than her face,they reply me back saying,"i wish everyone would think like you".Women is not free either east or west due to culture or standards of society
wordgrrl71 (6 months ago)
If you want to see some stunning fashion in a country that doesn't restrict its women quite as badly (although it is still a world gang rape capital), but very similar textiles and clothing cuts, check out India Fashion Week. Those shows are to die for. All the gorgeousness of this but all out in the open and available to for anybody who can afford it. If you can afford it, you can wear it.
wordgrrl71 (6 months ago)
Look how sympathetic lefties are towards anything and everything Muslim and hijabi. I absolutely don't care if you want to wear a trash bag black burka or a hijab - but do not come to my country, esp as a male, and judge me, or attack me, for not wearing it. I don't come to your country in a bikini looking to get laid. See how that works? I just don't see how lucrative fashion can be with these kinds of clothing restrictions for WOMEN ONLY OF COURSE. Most women a) won't be able to afford these clothes they can wear only in private; and b) the largely uneducated masses will always choose the burka or the chadour or plain inexpensive clothes and hijab. This is nuts.
Robert Browning (6 months ago)
You wanna have beauty show your hair and face!!!
rf X (6 months ago)
Robert Browning lmao they do show their faces? and you don't need to show hair to be "beautiful".
Mez Socrates (6 months ago)
Why are you all leaving so many hate comments? It was your countries like USA and United Kingdom which paved the way for the Ayatollahs. Before Grand Ayatollah Khomeini it was Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh (First democratically elected PM of Iran) in power. He transformed Iran into a secular democratic nation. But Britishers and Americans saw interest in the Shah power. So they forced PM Mohammad Mosaddegh out of the office posing him as a communist. Mohammad Mosaddegh reduced the power of the Shah and even Ayatollahs supported his term. Your countries are responsible for paving the path for Shah again which eventually led to protests and then Ayatollahs came up in power to protect their country from western occupation.
Aromko Komondor (2 months ago)
Islamist Idiot
Ichigo TRILLONATOR (6 months ago)
Iranian dudes dont watch blonde babes in bikini huh 😂 hypocrisy 100% fucking internet is the worlds another oxygen its everything and everywhere
Bob Singh (7 months ago)
I've dated a few of these goldiggers. I got away with my wallet. 😂
Bob Singh (7 months ago)
Show your tits already
Steffan Ranasinghe (8 months ago)
This is what Assad wants to prevent in Syria... this is what the Arabic spring wanted.
1 looper (8 months ago)
Fuck the Sharia Law Bring back the Shah please Bring back the King of Aryan Persian again !!!
Sander Cronberg (9 months ago)
perry lc (10 months ago)
Go back to the 70s & you will have even greater choices & verity
Denise Vasquez Lemrick (10 months ago)
Nothing but rags....sick society....these rags have absolutely NO IMAGINATION....
Lukas Schneider (10 months ago)
9:28 You are a stone if his emotions didn't make your heart melt.
Lukas Schneider (10 months ago)
Persians are awesome. Persian and Indians were always in good relations. We Indians genuinely love Persians (Iranian, Afghans and Tajiks). I hope Iran achieve all it desired goals despite of senctions of the US.
s. holyland (1 month ago)
We Iranians love India and our Indian brothers and sisters as well 😁😊
A B (10 months ago)
Makes a video about Iran but starts it off with Arabic music lol
Dakota Harrington (11 months ago)
You know what will create a brighter and prosperous future for Iran? Letting women wear whatever they want and not living under a theocratic dictatorship.
Sea Hag π (11 months ago)
Renaissance and Iran if used together seems more like a oxymoron Lol when you think of the Enlightenment! How ironic is this?
Catarina Oliveira (1 year ago)
Why is it that only european looking clothing are regarded as "modern" and "good looking" or "normal"? The world is not Europe's lmao
madam jewelz (1 year ago)
I'm sorry but the Quran doesn't tell you to that you must get permission from your government to wear fushcia.... That's not Islamic.. that's oppression
steve davis (1 year ago)
Iran people are the most insecure in America. They all have American names
rf X (1 year ago)
you can't wear a monto without a roosari though like it just doesn't look good
Red Tilt (1 year ago)
The 70s style was a renaissance this is a digression
LinusOwen1 (1 year ago)
It seems the hijab is an apology for their men’s lack of self control. All add backwards. I truly don’t get it.
pam4840 (1 year ago)
Persia has always been a melting pot of cultures and sure can contribute a lot to fashion. It need not to be any thing western and had to be skin. Love from India
Carthago Delenda Est (1 year ago)
Fuck the Iranian Government. Fuck fundamentalist religious theocracies!
Heathen Heather (1 year ago)
religion and fashion do not go together.... I can't wait for the day everyone is an atheist , if we survive that long. Religon is evil.
polifatts (1 year ago)
Islam is particularly evil.
emp0rizzle (1 year ago)
Bet they miss the Shah!
Anand Kumar (1 year ago)
Its a good thing that Iran is slowely opening up.
crazy3 asyousee (1 year ago)
this lady seems so scared
Maki (1 year ago)
Islamic dress codes and laws. Wow sure a free fucking country
Islam is a complicated culture ,and religion. It forbids the women's,and other's minorities rights,in some Islamic countries,like those ones on the Arabian peninsula ,especially christian's, but allows homosexuality(bacha bazi بچه بازی)..Iran can be exeption ,becuase there's a beautiful Russian orthodox church at the heart of Tehran.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religious_centers_in_Tehran#Orthodox_expatriate_community_churches
Adam Skinner (1 year ago)
Damn, these silhouettes are so boring. Laws suck.
hijena ??? (1 year ago)
iran is good for avoiding only --- example iran as tourist destination is good as u step in DOG SHIT !!!
Electoral 2020 (1 year ago)
Barbara Powell (1 year ago)
jasmine r (1 year ago)
Che labasayE dahati .. lol
jasmine r (1 year ago)
Why would she go to a fashion show with those boots? UGH.
Marenehh ! (1 year ago)
Fashion shold not have laws
King Sid Mohammed (1 year ago)
Wow girls r so beautiful there
Hmm Mhmm (1 year ago)
The guys Crying at the end makes me think that they are pretty oppressed if color in clothing and fashion has been a struggle for the past 8 years.
prominentturkey (1 year ago)
Yet the women are still oppressed to wear stupid cloth on their heads
LOKDOWNKING (1 year ago)
FUCK the Islamic dress code...sharia law ISNT WELCOME IN THE USA!
ĸaѕperły (1 year ago)
Half of my family is from Iran I noticed that Persian people are very materialistic, they care a lot about money
Sufc Davie (1 year ago)
Very backwards culture
th3FT pUnK (1 year ago)
iran's fashion is just a joke as long as this hijab shit is around i feel pity for myself for being born in iran we are fucked up people majority of youth think about migrating west
Giedrius Baturinas (1 year ago)
Once I was against this Islamic women clothing, but to be honest look at whats happening to non islamic women nowadays, instead of showing their heart or their brains in clothing, they are showing their asses, etc, their bitchyness, none worthyness.... and im not islamic, just kinda made me think that what happened to our women who got a little bit of freedom - look what happened to them...
Juan Valladares (1 year ago)
Can they show a little more skin
veipunii lana (4 months ago)
NadinaStryhn (1 year ago)
The older gentleman crying and talking about the possibilities for the new generation really moved me. One of my best friends is Iranian and what that Country has gone through is unbelievable. I really hope change will come.
Eric Christian (1 year ago)
It's so tiny to see how liberals embrace Islamic culture and their treatment of women. Women can't"look sexual" or they're beaten or killed and this is with their entire body and face covered. A woman's word is worth half a man's word in court. Women are beaten with sticks like animals and if a woman is accused of any transgression that shames the family it's legal to kill her. It just shows how the left will adopt any cause or standpoint if it's convenient to them and their objectives. Total hypocrisy is the norm. In America a woman has the right to abortions at any age and the tax payers should pay for them no questions asked, while under sharia a woman doesn't even have the right to choose when she has sex. There's no such thing as martial rape, she cent show her face in public and if she's raped she needs 3 male witnesses to confirm her story or she'll be killed to save the honor of her family. Well I have no problem with people coming to America from Islamic nations but if they seek refuge in my country they can live by our laws.but if you look in Europe where they've been Allowed to settle large areas they institute sharia law and they openly speak of conquering the people who have taken them in and stealing their women and forcing them to choose between converting to Islam or being beheaded. That ain't right. The left see it a way to weaken America so they love Islam and feminists embrace the hijab! What a world were living in today!
Shahaan Saleem (1 year ago)
Iran is a great state. Islam should be separate from the government. Freedom of choice
C00kii0 (1 year ago)
I remember the day I learned the U.S is responsible for the current Islamic state of iran. I over heard an Iranian kid flipping out and explaining so fast he bit his cheek. Yelling at the racist kid in my highschool class and it turned into a writting research lesson history. Where we got a more in depth look at things leading up to our current state. The teacher was so proud that this kid knew his history.
Berrybarry (2 years ago)
This is absurd especially for Iran. Look up Iran in the 70's..... This is an embarrassment!
maxi Khan (2 years ago)
islam poisons everything
wig smey (2 years ago)
Islam is such a goddamn cancer. Don't get me wrong, Christianity is just as stupid, but at least most western countries have gotten over the bullshit and put it where it should be in society, in the fringe.
Natasha Tercera (2 years ago)
why wasn't this on i-D?
ricky mop (2 years ago)
woman ia a beautyfull creature of GOD not an object of sexual abusement, without them the world...
Darius (2 years ago)
I would love an update on this
william wright (2 years ago)
Based in Budapest, Hungary, we get many Iranian girl students doing Western studies here. Persian women are stunning - and also fun people. None of them seem to wear the hijab here but I guess they must back in Iran. Hope the slow thaw in social conventions such as clothes continues for them.
Jesus Blaster (2 years ago)
Damn man, these poor women must hate the summer since they have to cover themselves up so much. They are beautiful though! Btw, is it safe to travel to Iran? i really want to visit this country but i'm afraid for my safety :(
UnderTheLamp (2 years ago)
why is it so loud
Punkk! (2 years ago)
im iranian . and whats the big f deal . there isnt so much hijab in the street , like whats the point of the video , like go to show the nature and wonders , like wth
Lisa Sweet (2 years ago)
this was boring
Tony Primera (2 years ago)
what's the music they're playing in the beginning?
Deborah Diduck (2 years ago)
Big deal. Being raised in Orthodoxy in the late '50's, I was told that women were such an abomination to the eyes of the Lord, they had to cover themselves so he could tolerate their presence. And that's Ukrainian style Orthodoxy, following the Old Testament, which Sharia Law follows. The hijab and burqa's are signs of supporting the abuse of females including female genital mutilation and those jokes of "child marriage". The hijab is a "veiled threat" of what is to come for all women world wide.

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