How the Sea Inspired Muslim Fashion

With unlimited treasures across and under its crystalline surface, the sea will forever be an endless inspiration for fashion designers. For the Jakarta Food and Fashion Festival (JFFF) 2013, five muslim fashion designers came together to present a collection inspired by the aquamarine expanse,  titled Treasure of The Sea.

Designers scoured the ocean floor for inspiration, invoking the the realm of coral reefs and jellyfish. Designers Jeny Tjahyawati and Dian Pelangi were among them, sprinkling their outfits with sparkles and iridescent metallics, scale motifs, and aqua hues.

Jeny Tjahyawati looked to the humble but dreamlike properties of jellyfish to produce intricate, well-detailed accessories, complex in forms and its fabric interpretation. The jellyfish were everywhere: from printed patterns to sleeves, textures, and headwear. Definitely loved the ‘clean’ color hues, as I found it very calming indeed.

Meanwhile Alisa Listiawaty, a newcomer in the muslim fashion scene,  studied the luminescent habitat below the sea surface and reinterpreted the environment through lightweight materials such as silk chiffon, organza, and tulle to lend the feeling of softness and finesse. The fabrics also outlined the nature of the waterfalls and sea foams, as implemented on multi layer gowns.  The color palette also had a gentle and romantic feel with its spectrum of soft turquoise, shell pink, silvery lilac, and peach.

Jeny Tjahyawati


Alisa Listiawaty

Tuty Adib and Lia Afif looked to the beauty of the coral reef ecosystem, taking to corals, sea anemones, and seaweed for inspiration. Bold and dramatic necklaces seemed to be the common denominator in the Tuty Adib collection. Wow were they beautiful, I just wish they weren’t made from real stones :D

Tuty Adib


Lia Afif

Bright as yellow morning sun over azure waters, Dian Pelangi gave us snapshots of women dressed in cheerful colors cruising away on a dashing white yacht in the awe-inspiring collection, Sailorita. Loved the color palettes she brought here, bringing a spark to the day with sunny yellows, aqua blues, bright oranges, and subtle pinks, all combined with white to accentuate the refreshing mood.

And you know what? While I like the idea of tying up the shawl in both sides, I don’t think it’s practical or wearable in real life. Do you notice how it wasn’t Dian Pelangi herself who walked the stage to receive flowers? Yep, while the designer was indeed sailing away to Melbourne and her mother, Ibu Hernani, stood in in her stead.