The event overturns decades of draconian policies on arts and entertainment. It comes in a series of initiatives spearheaded by all-powerful Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman.
After allowing women to drive, attend football games and opening cinema theatres, the fashion week is another indicator of a liberalization turn in Saudi policies.
The Arab Fashion Week will take place at Riyadh’s eco-friendly Apex Centre, a white honeycomb-like venue designed by the late celebrated Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.
Recently, a top Saudi cleric said that the black dress known as Abaya was not mandatory in Islam as long as women are decently dressed.