In a sign of immense modernization and progress amongst Saudi Women, two female prodigies have featured in a prominent list of young influences at the acclaimed British Fashion Council. The inaugural list, in partnership with Swarovski, features young women with defining contribution in the field of art, fashion and entrepreneurship. The announcement ceremony was held at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall. The list includes artists ranging from image-makers, hair and makeup artists, set designers and creative directors, to models, digital influencers and stylists.
At the announcement ceremony, Caroline Rush, chief executive of British Fashion Council told reporters: “We are extremely proud to be celebrating ‘New Wave: Creatives’ as a new entry in our categories, London, more than any other city, represents youth and creativity, which makes it the perfect place to acknowledge their contribution to the global fashion industry.”
The first Saudi entrant in the list is Marriam Mossalli, founder and senior consultant of Saudi’s luxury communications firm, Niche Arabia, which has played an instrumental role in shaping the fashion industry in the Gulf. Amongst Mosalli’s distinguished works is a street style book created in Saudi Arabia called “Under the Abaya” which exemplifies different shades of progressive Saudi women who have always existed in a relatively conservative society.
On her colossal achievement, Mosalli said: “I’m honored to be part of the Fashion Awards ‘100 New Wave Creatives’ list; having 2,000 judges nominate me is truly a benchmark in my decade-long career. What’s more, our inclusion signifies the world’s increasing interest in Saudi Arabia.”
The second key entrant on the list is Taleedah Tamer, the first Saudi international runway model, who also launched her inaugural show with Italian couture brand, Antonio Grimaldi at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Tamer has previously featured in publications of international repute such as the New York Times and Telegraph. Her summer feature in Harper’s Bazaar Arabia garnered international acclaim and turned her into a well-recognized name in Saudi fashion industry.
On her name featuring in the list, Taleedah Tamer said: “I was really happy and grateful for the acknowledgment, it was amazing to see all these creative talents recognized. Vivienne Westwood caught my attention. The experience was really humbling and I am very honored to be a part of such industry.”
Saudi Women have lately emerged as hallmarks of gender equality in the Gulf. Their achievements provide courage and confidence to other Saudi women who are willing to break shackles of conservatism and chauvinism, thereby contributing in the progress of the nation and ushering into an era of moral prosperity.