Adele's dress by Chloé sparks Siwa comparisons on social media in Egypt

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 Jul 2016

Adele's choice of dress at the Glastonbury Festival caused quite a stir in Egypt, with many believing the dress inspired by the heritage of Siwa oasis

Photo: Chloe official face book page
Photo: Chloe official face book page

When 28-year-old pop singer Adele took to the stage a few days ago at the Glastonbury Festival, she made headlines not only for her superb performance, but also due to the dress she donned on that day, wowing the audience.

The deep green frilled piece was a creation of Chloé, who cited on their Facebook page that, "British singer and songwriter Adele wowed the crowds at Glastonbury festival last night in a bespoke Chloé look. The hand-embroidered silk georgette dress in deep green was made for the singer’s headlining performance by our couture Atelier and took over 200 hours to create."

The buzz in Egypt on social media was that the design was inspired by folk dresses women in Egypt's Siwa oasis traditionally don.

photo: Textile Research Center(TRC)
photo: Textile Research Center(TRC)

Siwa — an oasis that lies in the Eastern Desert in Egypt — attracted many cultures throughout history for its beauty. Embroidery is a highlight of the multifaceted arts that took root in the oasis. 

Beaded garments, usually made for brides to be worn during weddings that last for several days, mimic the arts of the Berber, who were long in touch with people in Siwa due to geography.

No official mention came from the creators at Chloé on any inspiration Siwa may have given in the design.  


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