The fashion world has been slow to integrate the needs of Muslim women into their designs, but they've finally started coming around. Recently, Dolce & Gabbana released a line of high-fashion hijabs and abayas. Many mass market brands also offer their own takes, like Uniqlo's modest collection or Marks and Spencer's "burkini" bathing suits. Pierre Berge, a partner of designer Yves Saint Laurent and co-founder of his eponymous line (though he is no longer involved with the house), addressed the rise of collections that appeal to Muslim customers and has very strong feelings about designers who court the Muslim market.
"Creators should have nothing to do with Islamic fashion," he said on Europe 1 radio today. "Designers are there to make women more beautiful, to give them their freedom, not to collaborate with this dictatorship which imposes this abominable thing by which we hide women and make them live a hidden life."
Berge then went on to use that favorite caveat of those expressing a bigoted opinion, claiming "I am really not an Islamophobe" because he lives part of the time in Morocco.