More and more, Western fashion companies are catering to female shoppers in the Muslim world. Dolce & Gabbana now makes four-digit abayas. On the wallet-friendly front, Uniqlo recently launched a line of “modest” apparel in collaboration with UK-based Muslim blogger Hana Tajima. British retail mecca Marks & Spencer has even rolled out a “burkini.”
But Pierre Bergé — the French businessman and longtime life and business partner of the late, great Yves Saint Laurent — is having none of it.
“I am scandalized,” the 85-year-old mogul told French radio station Europe 1 on Wednesday, as reported by the Guardian.
“Creators should have nothing to do with Islamic fashion. 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.”