A Canberra girl raised a Catholic is the head designer of an Australian fashion house specialising in contemporary and sophisticated - but still modest - designs for Muslim women.

Sydney label Hijab House is well-known among the Muslim community - designs sell-out during the festival that follows Ramadan - but it will be making its debut in a mainstream fashion show at Fashfest in Canberra from April 30 to May 3.

It's another indication of how Fashfest, to be held again at the Brindabella Business Park at the Canberra airport, is trying to be forward-thinking, according to organisers.

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