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Saudi Arabia's first fashion week kicks off for women only

AP  |  Riyadh 

has kicked off its first-ever week with designs by Middle Eastern, Brazilian, US and Russian designers, as well as shows by internationally renowned labels and Jean Paul

In line with Saudi cultural norms and rules on gender segregation, the catwalks are open to women-only and no outside cameras are allowed to film inside.

Still, the event marks the latest turnaround for a country that for decades has been ruled by ultraconservative dogma.

While the kingdom has held shows in the past, they have mostly been tied to charitable causes and did not include big names in the industry.

The catwalks kicked off today and run until Saturday, when in another first the week will conclude with a Russian ballet performance for a women's-only audience.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 19:35 IST