Hemocracy: a vote for frumfashion
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