When high-tend fashion house Dolce & Gabbana debuted its Abaya collection for spring 2016, the label was making a play to tap into a fast-growing market in the United States. Projected to reach a value of $484 billion by 2019, Arabic- and Islamic-influenced fashion is breaking toward substantial cultural influence.
The Abaya collection, which Dolce & Gabbana designed in neutral colors in sheer and lightweight fabrics, includes hijabs and abayas. Collection pieces, which feature lush lace trims and bold lemon, daisy and polka dot prints, abide by Islamic standards around the body coverage of women.
That high-end designers like Dolce & Gabbana, and also value-priced fashion brands, are actively working to appeal to the largely Middle East North Africa (MENA) immigrant population is a big cultural statement. Based on a number of reports, the cultural trends will only continue to grow.
According to one report, about one-tenth of the total flow of new immigrants are from Muslim-dominant countries. About three-tenths of diversity lottery immigrants are from Muslim countries. While this group of first-generation Muslim immigrants seem meager, the report says second-generation Muslims in the United States looks to be experiencing high growth over the last 50 years.
While the United States government doesn’t track population information about religion, researchers looked at the popularity of the name Mohammed– or a variant spelling thereof– for newborn boys in the country. As researchers assume boys with these names will grow up in a Muslim-influenced environment, newborn names give insights to the growing cultural influence of MENA traditions.
In 1964, the Social Security Administration recorded 29 baby boys born in the United States with the name Mohammed. In 2014– 50 years later– the number jumped by more than a 100-to-one ratio with 2,931 newborn Mohammed boys.
A Wall Street Journal story reiterates the population size as fairly slight, which reports on a Pew Research study showing American Muslims are less than 1 percent of the U.S. population. What’s more, the small group is highly diverse as 41 percent of these first-generation immigrants come from the Middle East or North Africa, 26 percent from South Asia and 11 percent from sub-Saharan Africa.
Of American-born Muslims, two currently serve in the House of Representatives. Andre Carson and Keith Ellison, both Democrats. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, sees all the signs that the demographic is thriving.