When Mariam Mossalli unveiled the first edition of Under The Abaya: Street Style from Saudi Arabia at Art Books Jeddah Fair in February 2018, we soon realised that calling it Saudi's first street-style book was to underestimate it. As well as an artfully curated photography collection documenting the burgeoning fashion scene, it became more crucially a plaform for the women of the Kingdom themselves to show the world how they want to be portrayed on their own terms.
The second edition is now underway, and promises not to disappoint. Under the Abaya: Saudi Women Who Inspire will take the focus away from fashion and shines the spotlight on the accomplishments of the abaya-wearing women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a foreward written by Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States of America. So far Marriam has received over a thousand images from 250 women.
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