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Reform in Iranian Women Dresses? "Maybe this is the End"

Tehran, 24 January 2006-Seminar of Iranian Women National Dress was canceled yesterday due to the absence of authorities, high ranking officials and guests from other organizations.

Ms. Mahla Zamani, a fashion designer and editor of "Lotus", the first Persian Fashion Journal, who has spent 13 years on designing dresses which correspond to Iranian culture and are in compliance with the time demands, had planned to hold a seminar on Iranian Women National Dress yesterday in Tehran with the presence of authorities, high ranking officials, representatives from Iran' Parliament and Tehran Municipality as well as many other well-known figures from universities and governmental organizations to discuss the possible ways for designing a national dress for Iranian women. Unfortunately, except for a few guest speakers, no one else showed up which resulted in the cancellation of the seminar all together.

"I have devoted all my life in designing a national dress that is derived from Iranian history and culture, especially after the speech of the leader of Islamic Republic of Iran about the necessity of designing special Islamic-Iranian dresses, I have tried my best to fulfill this task. Now it feels discouraging to see no one is support my ideas," Zamani said to CHN correspondent with grief.

This is while Zamani had made great efforts to hold a fruitful seminar by inviting some prominent guests and university professors as well as government officials as speakers of this seminar. "Despite the official invitation that I had sent out and the support I was promised, among all the authorities that I had invited, no one came here today. Maybe this is the end, maybe others can do something in this regard in the future," she added with regret.

Last week Zamani held an exhibition of Iranian women dresses at National Commission of UNESCO office in Tehran which received a large number of visitors and was a huge success.

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