Iragorri has always enjoyed art, even from a very young age. When she was 3 years old, Iragorri began drawing, painting and cultivating a passion for art.
“When I got to high school, I asked myself what I wanted to do with my art, and fashion was the first thing that came to mind because I loved dressing up and I loved creating art, and I wanted to combine the two worlds together,” Iragorri said.
Iragorri graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design last spring. Her final project consisted of five outfits, which she presented at Mass Art's Illuminate Fashion show.
“My collection was inspired by female empowerment in the Middle East and South Asia. It was the overcoming sexism and the violence that women go through in that part of the world,” Iragorri said. “I know that a lot of women are either forced to wear a hijab or either when they do decide to wear it, they’re discriminated against.”
One major aspect that Iragorri made sure to include was the balance between traditional and modern clothing (Provided by Martin Iragorri).
Iragorri included accessories, such as a hat that originates from South Asian cultures (Provided by Saheera Ashraf).
Iragorri emphasized the use of bright colors in her designs (Provided by Saheera Ashraf).
Three models display Iragorri's designs at a Mass Art event (Provided by Michael Blanchard).
Iragorri's models smile after the Illuminate fashion show (Provided by Afshan Begum Iragorri).
One model wears a dress that Iragorri accessorized with and without a hijab (Provided by Michael Blanchard).
Her models created the image Iragorri wanted for her collection (Provided by Richard Bertone).
Iragorri finds that the fashion world is gradually opening up to representing Muslim women.
“In New York Fashion week this year, they’ve highlighted some designers who accessorize all their models with hijabs. In the beauty industry, I think Covergirl has a beauty ambassador who is a hijabi,” Iragorri said. “So, I think they’re starting to open up to it a little bit more, especially since we have Trump as a president and he’s going against all of us Muslims. Now they’re sort of fighting back by doing this, and it’s becoming a little more open.”