Today we bring you some beautiful shots from a styled shoot for “The Haya Atelier” A new bespoke Melbourne headpiece and scarf styling salon, the first of its kind in Australia.
Reyyan Ates Emniyet is the designer and director of the salon which opened its doors to the public last Saturday.
Here are some heartfelt words from Nurbanu Emniyet (Reyyan’s sister).
I want to share a few words on the exciting journey of my sister Reyyan. A journey of creativity, beautification and adventure. I’m Nurbanu Emniyet. Many of you know me in my capacity as a staff member at the Islamic Council of Victoria. My greatest role in life however is being a woman. It is both a burden and a joy. In a time of increased gender pay gaps, Islamophobia and limited pop culture options of women being a Muslim woman is simultaneously a social burden and personal pleasure.
Only eleven at the time, I proudly announced my decision to wear the religious headscarf, the hijab. Slightly unexpected, both parents questioned my decision and eventually agreed with an assertive 3’9”, compassionate girl – who seemed to be set with her decision yet couldn’t predict the consequences of such choice that was about to take place within the next 9 months and 11 days. A sad event that transformed a beautiful silk chiffon, a soft satin and a multi coloured cotton shawl into an unclimbable brick wall, magnet to prejudice and an open door to endless questioning.
However, the most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. The religious obligation, the positive representation of my faith and my daily tangible reminder – my hijab has empowered me and made me who I am today.
It was during the early days of adjusting to my new look, attire that my older sister – as all older sister’s do to keep an eye out for me. Reyyan’s duty was to ensure that my scarf securely stayed on my head that my ponytail wasn’t hanging out, often tuck in my fringe that would stick out and at times calmly pick up my hijab from the floor when it completely fell off. Hence, her journey started at a very young age. I must say though after 14 years – I still require her assistance in pinning and fixing my scarf. Haya itself is a greatness of Islam as our Prophet (saw) said: “Every way of life has an innate character. The character of Islam is haya.” (Abu Dawood) Haya is an Arabic word derived from the word Hayat, which means life. It can also be commonly referred to modesty, self-respect and beauty. It is with great excitement to announce The Haya Atelier.
Australia’s first ever Scarf Styling and Bespoke Headpiece Salon specialising in custom handmade Bridal and exquisite headpieces for all occasions. Reyyan, and by extension The Haya Atelier, is best-known for its distinctive designs and exceptional quality silk fabric. The Haya Atelier Designer Salon is located in the heart of Brunswick on Sydney Road. Operating from Melbourne’s longest continuous shopping strip, we welcome all to come and enjoy a friendly atmosphere.
Clothing: Sourced and stylists own
Styling and headpieces by: Reyyan Ates Emniyet, The Haya Atelier
Photography by: Lahza Photography
Make up and hair by: Beauty By Didem
Models: Zarina Copeland, Becky L from Max Models, Elena K from Max Models