Hemoc­racy: a vote for frum­fash­ion

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY NATHALIE ROTH­SCHILD

ORTHO­DOX WOMEN with an in­ter­est in fash­ion are in luck.

Los An­ge­les-based de­signer Ma­rina Rahlin is about to launch “Mara”, a new line of colour­ful dresses that, she prom­ises, will rad­i­cally change frum girls’ shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences with­out fall­ing short of the Ortho­dox re­quire­ments for mod­esty.

A Ukraine-born Is­raeli, Ms Rahlin moved to LA five years ago to study fash­ion. She is not Ortho­dox her­self but got the idea for her new de­sign ven­ture when speak­ing to her friends’ re­li­gious rel­a­tives. They told her it is hard for them to find nice things to wear.

“For a lot of Ortho­dox women, it’s very chal­leng­ing to go shop­ping,” said Ms Rahlin. “Even if they see some­thing nice, they of­ten have to wear a sweater on top or a shell, a type of un­der­skirt, and it can ruin the de­sign of the dress and be un­com­fort­able.” Rahlin’s dresses cover the wearer’s neck, col­lar­bone, el­bows and knees. “Noth­ing ex­tra is needed, it’s just one piece,” she said.

Ma­rina Rahlin with one of her Ortho­dox-friendly, one-piece designs

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