In recent years, we have seen the Gallabiyahs find their way well into our awareness and turning into an acceptable, trendy item. If once the gallabiyahs were the traditional garb of Henna parties, today they are making an appearance in every glitzy event; a celebrity will surprise us with a fashionable Gallabiyah quite often. The demand for Gallabiyahs has brought many designers and fashion houses into the field, and to designing Gallabiyahs, some even in a relatively form- fitting style, such as the one worn by Bar Rafaeli in Berlin. The Gallabiyah is an item with a natural yet festive look; it doesn’t need to work hard to look good, and that’s what makes it so desirable.
In the past, the Gallabiyahs functioned as traditional garb, worn by women from many ethnic groups like the Moroccan and Yemeni emigrants. The traditional Gallabiyahs were made of colorful fabrics, while maintaining one dominant color in each Gallabiyah. The main attributes of the garment were the adornments embroidered on the sleeves, chest, and hems of the Gallabiyah in gold and silver thread, and of course the broad shape which made the garment appear as loose hanging on the body. In many cases, and especially traditional events, the Gallabiyahs would have a matching head covering piece. Many of us know the Gallabiyahs from our grandmothers’ house, who would wear them in family events and would look like they’re about to disappear from the world, but the Gallabiyahs refused to do so and made a real comeback, arriving in a new and fashionable reincarnation.
Many fashion designers started designing Gallabiyahs inspired by the original designs, but some dared abandon tradition and go in other directions. The gold and silver decorations became more delicate, the bright, shiny colors were replaced with more elegant shades, and even the cut became narrower, until the difference between Gallabiyahs and dresses became obscure. There is still something in this straight, clean version with a light play of fabrics, which differentiates the Gallabiyahs from dresses; something in the general aroma of chicness, that gives a sense of ease and comfort with a fashionable air. That is the whole meaning of a Gallabiyah.
On fashion websites, the Gallabiyah is a most popular item of online purchases, since in most cases it comes in one size and so is ideal for online ordering without trying it on. A very popular online Gallabiyah store is Komono by Mika, which offers a wide selection of young, trendy, and unique Gallabiyah dresses and also does international shipping.
Please welcome the new style: young, trendy, rocking it.
This winter, following the last couple of years’ trend, we will be seeing more and more fashionable Gallabiyahs. However, this season, the Gallabiyahs are getting an especially fashionable and casual switch. We can see more garments emphasizing comfort with a wider cut and everyday colors. The gold adornments are pushed aside and are completely gone and in their place, we get Gallabiyahs for everyday use, with very conservative colors and patterns. There is even a street- style Gallabiyah, made of jersey fabric with a polka dot print. There is a clear distinction between every day gallabiyahs and elegant eveningwear gallabiyahs in the new gallabiyah design, but it seems that in all of them the classic V-neck was discarded in favor of a more closed- collar version, compensating on a shorter hem- length choice. This year we can see elegant eveningwear gallabiyahs and clean, solid color. Instead of jersey fabrics, we can see more elegant fabric choices, which are more suited for evening and going out.