This Gaza-Based Designer Is Creating Suiting With a Personal History


Photo: Courtesy of Meera Adnan 

In an apartment in Gaza, a model with a septum piercing wears Meera Adnan’s ’80s-style looks: an oversized jacket with puffy sleeves and extreme-high-waist trousers with shell buttons. The Gaza-based designer typically favors easy suiting pieces that come in oversized silhouettes with a playful retro flair, usually mixing in modern styling effects, such as a Fendi bag and a Prada bucket hat. In the 27-year-old’s current look book, she captured the model with an almost on-the-go flair, with her Palestinian-Gaza passport in her hand and a bottle of Jasmine hair oil on her mantle. Here, looks are casual, like an asymmetrical cream dress with bishop sleeves and an oversized olive blazer that looks plucked from a man’s closet. “If you want to dress it up or want to dress it down, you just can mix it with anything,” she says. “For example, if you are hijabi or if you’re not a hijabi, you still can pull it off.”

Adnan’s collection is deeply personal. The clothes skew oversized, a feature that stemmed from Adnan’s smaller frame. “I was always underweight as a kid, and even as an adult, I used to get a lot of comments about the fact that most women in my society are curvy,” she says. “According to the standards of society, my body looked like a child’s body. I felt like I didn’t look like a woman. For some time when I was in college, I used to dress in oversized clothing because it gave me that freedom of, in a way, hiding my body from people’s expectations, so they wouldn’t know what size I am and then they wouldn’t have a reason to make comments.”

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