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Muslim fashion: devout, not drab

By Elizabeth Wellington
Knight Ridder Newspapers

Thursday, May 25, 2006

When Gwendolyn Dawan converted to Islam in 1973, she wore a long skirt, a long top and wrapped her hair.

Today, she designs pinstriped suits and ankle-length denim skirts for Muslim women that are modest, yet follow current fashion trends.

"I get a lot of requests from businesswomen for suits with skirts," said Dawan, who also offers colors such as sage green and patterns such as paisleys in her collection. "Nothing in the Quran says we can't wear color."

Many Muslim women have always worn designer labels underneath their outer garments.

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