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The dress is a knockout. In black velvet, it's a long-sleeved, fitted gown that falls to the floor and pools around the mannequin's feet.

The shoulders are adorned with silver spikes and shiny crystals, and black chains affixed to each shoulder hang below the bust, forming a kind of necklace. A smoky grey scarf has been tied around the mannequin's head; there's a black scarf underneath with more chains running across the hairline.

The designer, Zulfiye, was inspired by Rihanna. While the singer usually gets around in outfits that leave little to the imagination, Zulfiye wanted to create something that had as much impact, but that Muslim women, like herself, could wear comfortably.


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