Day Two - May 6 Dekalb History Center
Show Mixer Red Carpet Mock-tails & appetizer Designers - This will feature designers, boutiques, and entertainment Vendors Babysitting for children (4-12) Silent Auction
Brief History of Celebration Fashion Show:
The Celebration Fashion Show was founded by Sister Amira Wazeer of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam in 1986. The inspirations for the event were grounded in her experience of seeing Muslim women from all over the world adorned in diverse and beautiful dress during Hajj in 1984 and her desire to share and celebrate the beauty of modest dress. She volunteered to assist with fundraising efforts at the Atlanta Masjid and was given the responsibility for coordinating activities during the month of May, her birth month. The first fashion show was held at property formerly owned by the community on Bankhead Highway there were only two designers, Sister Amira and her mentor from Cleveland, Sister Hafina Shabazz. The designs were auctioned at the end of the event.
For the first two years, Sister Amira made most of the clothes showed with one or two additional designers and the format included an auction at the end of the show. She also managed all components of the operation. During the third year, Celebration moved to a restaurant and featured designs by a young designer from St. Louis Missouri, Shukuru Bilal with an increase of women attending from other parts of the country. The fifth year brought an exponential increase in the number of participants with bus loads of women driving to Atlanta from all over the United States.
Over the years, as Celebration has expanded, volunteers have staffed the event which has become a professional production. In its 25 year history, Celebration has been featured in a documentary produced by the British Broadcasting Company on the growth of Al-Islam in the West; featured in Azizah Magazine; received national press coverage from a variety of publications; and featured in a full page spread in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. 225 women have served as volunteer models (196) and staff (40) and 40 designers from all over the United States and beyond its borders have been featured in the show. Celebration continues in its celebration of the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, the beauty of modest dress, and of its biggest star the Muslim woman, as it continues to shape the look of that woman.