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The hijab and abaya dazzled center stage on the New York runway Thursday as up-and-coming Indonesian designers kicked off an increasingly diverse fashion week, hoping to change prejudices in the West.

"We're not oppressed and we just want to show the world that we still can be beautiful, stylish with our hijab on," said designer Dian Pelangi, 26, who has 4.8 million followers on Instagram.

She was one of five Indonesian luxury ready-to-wear designers, joined by an accessories designer, who presented collections at the show "Indonesian Diversity" -- held opposite a special needs school in Chelsea on the first day of fashion week.


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