The Arab world has a steadily growing fashion industry despite many of the countries’ religious and cultural restrictions on media. When it comes to receiving the latest industry news, learning trends and highlighting local designers, however, there has still been a lack of adequate resources for fashion lovers in this specific area of the world. But now, with Mille World, an online platform exclusively focusing on Arab culture, lifestyle, and fashion, Middle Eastern designers are finally getting the attention they deserve.
Catered towards audiences in the Middle East, Mille World provides regional news, fashion reports, designer spotlights, and other media relevant to the development of culture and fashion in the Arab world. The online magazine is barely a few months old, having initially launched in January of 2018, but it’s already flourishing with life from all over the Middle East. Its goal is to pave a different path for the next generation by creating a space for Arab youth to be discovered for their innovative and distinct contributions to the fashion industry and beyond. Through Mille World, young Arab people can make their mark on the world as more than the stereotypical identities placed upon their culture in the West.
With its appealing minimalistic design and provoking headings, Mille World creates a space to present Arab culture in a modern, innovative style. Categories labeled “Explore”, “Change the World”, and “Be Creative” encourage audiences to view their news beyond a superficial lens. It suggests that the magazine is about more than just fashion and lifestyle alone, but about changing the way people view the Middle East and even how they view media itself. Fashion resources doesn’t just have to be a place to find trivial trends or celebrity gossip, but a source of insight into another culture.
The site features not only Arab fashion, but highlights fashion news from other non-Western cultures as well. An article titled “The Platform Shining a Light on African Designers – Industrie Africa is Bridging the Continental Divide” by Amina Kaabi celebrates Industrie Africa, a digital showroom featuring designers from all over the continent. In places where budding designers and even the concept of fashion may be more difficult to find by the Western world, Mille World shines a spotlight to display hidden talents and provide gateways for talent discovery.
Their Instagram @mille_world provides snapshots and highlights from some of their top headlines such as an exclusive on Saudi Aarabia’s Nike World Cup Kit, or an interview with Palestinian DJ Sama Abdulhadi, showing off to the world both unique and everyday aspects of living in an Arab country. It is truly a platform not only for those in the Middle East to see their own lifestyles portrayed in media, but for global audiences to celebrate and learn of the cultural differences–and similarities–between the Western and Eastern worlds.