Brightly coloured head scarves, flowing gowns and adornments of all kinds dominated Turkey's first modest fashion show,

Models hit the catwalk of a fashion show during the International Modest Fashion Week, in Istanbul, Friday, May, 13, 2016.
Models hit the catwalk of a fashion show during the International Modest Fashion Week, in Istanbul, Friday, May, 13, 2016.

Bright summer colours, florals, and long flowing dresses with embellishments were the dominating themes from the more than 40 designers who showcased their work at the 2016 Istanbul Modest Fashion Week.

Fashion enthusiasts take pictures during the launch of International Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, on Friday May 13, 2016.
Fashion enthusiasts take pictures during the launch of International Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, on Friday May 13, 2016.

The first of its kind in Turkey, the event - which took place on May 13 and 14 - attracted a sizable number of attendees from countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Germany and Turkey. It was a weekend that aimed to bring designers, fashionistas, and trendsetters to the first ever global modest fashion show.

Models hit the catwalk during International Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, on Friday May 13, 2016.
Models hit the catwalk during International Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, on Friday May 13, 2016.

Designers realise the need for garments that are stylish yet conform to the ethos of Islamic clothing. They have crafted their niche into what could be described as a growing market.

A model presents a creation by Malaysian designer Aidijuma during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week at the historical Haydarpasa train station in Istanbul, Turkey, May 13, 2016.
A model presents a creation by Malaysian designer Aidijuma during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week at the historical Haydarpasa train station in Istanbul, Turkey, May 13, 2016.

"The goal [for this event] is to create mainstream fashion out of modest fashion and to energise Islamic communities to produce for Muslim women," Kerim Ture, CEO of Modanisa - the main sponsor of the event - told Associated Press.

Models present creations by Turkish brand Muslima Wear during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week at the historical Haydarpasa train station in Istanbul, Turkey May 13, 2016.
Models present creations by Turkish brand Muslima Wear during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week at the historical Haydarpasa train station in Istanbul, Turkey May 13, 2016.

A report released in 2013 estimates that 1.6 billion people spent about $224 billion on clothing and footwear in 2012. This figure is set to increase by 50 percent in 2018. This can be attributed to the interest of young adults who want to look elegant, fashionable and remain with the season's trends without compromising their religion.

Model wears a design by Turkish born Mustafa Dikmen.
Model wears a design by Turkish born Mustafa Dikmen.
Models walk the runway in designs by Luvice during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 13, 2016.
Models walk the runway in designs by Luvice during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 13, 2016.

With more than 40 designers showcasing their talent, the show was nothing less than spectacular. Flowing gowns decorated in pearls, sequins and embroidery flaunted their creators' talent, and each brought their own flair, influences and sophistication to the runway.

Designer Anniesa Hasibuan's Instagram account during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 13, 2016.
Designer Anniesa Hasibuan's Instagram account during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 13, 2016.

World renowned international designer Anniesa Hasibuan hails from Jakarta and has participated in the New York Couture Fashion Week, Jakarta Fashion Week and also Beverly Hills Couture International Fashion Show. Her designs can be described as unique, luxurious and elegant and she gets inspiration from her country of origin, Indonesia.

A dress by internationally renowned designer Hilal Oguzkan is modelled during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.
A dress by internationally renowned designer Hilal Oguzkan is modelled during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.

A dress by internationally renowned designer Hilal Oguzkan is modelled during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.

A dress by internationally renowned designer Hilal Oguzkan is modelled during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.

A dress by internationally renowned designer Hilal Oguzkan is modelled during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.

Hilal Oguzkan is another acclaimed Turkish designer whose designs pay close attention to detail. She aims for timelessness and to enable self-expression. She has signed contracts in Germany, France and England.

Dress designed by De Irma from Indonesia during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey May 14, 2016.
Dress designed by De Irma from Indonesia during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey May 14, 2016.
Dress designed by De Irma from Indonesia is seen during the Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.
Dress designed by De Irma from Indonesia is seen during the Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.
Dress designed by De Irma from Indonesia is seen during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.
Dress designed by De Irma from Indonesia is seen during Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.

The event also showcased designers that are new to the modest wear market like De Irma, whose exquisite hand beaded collection was well received by all attendees. She hails from Indonesia, makes designs on request and ships to all over the world.

Accessories on display at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.
Accessories on display at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.

Accessories on display at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.

Accessories on display at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.
Accessories on display at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.

Active-wear, casual and even beachwear made it down the runway, showing the world that modest-wear is for any one and any place. Brightly coloured headscarves and accessories adorned the models and were available to purchase at the myriad exhibition stands at the event.

A workshop session at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.
A workshop session at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.

Bloggers, hijab fashion models and trendsetters mingled with the audience at various workshop spaces around the venues. Some of the topics discussed were how to improve and increase the visibility and sale of modest wear.

A model walks the runway in a design created by Samar Murad at the Istanbul Modest Fashion Show, May 14, 2016.
A model walks the runway in a design created by Samar Murad at the Istanbul Modest Fashion Show, May 14, 2016.

Notable guests included blogger Dina Tokio, who has more than 800k followers on Instagram; Haneefa Adam, the creator of Hijarbie; the first hijab model for global modest brands; Mariah Idrissi; Melanie Elturk and many others.

An exhibitor at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.
An exhibitor at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.
A customer at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.
A customer at Istanbul Modest Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2016.

The modest fashion industry's weekend of networking, shopping and increasing brand awareness may have come to an end, but the market for modest wear is only taking off.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies