Exploring the brands Malala wore in her stunning Vogue photoshoot

Exploring the brands Malala wore in her stunning Vogue photoshoot

Many of the designers she wore focus on sustainability.
02 Jun, 2021

Malala Yousafzai's being on the cover of British Vogue has been the talk of the town for days. If you've seen the gorgeous pictures, shot by Nick Knight, you might be wondering where her outfits are from, but don't worry, she has you covered.

Malala posted the pictures on her Instagram with a beautiful caption.

"I know the power that a young girl carries in her heart when she has a vision and a mission — and I hope that every girl who sees this cover will know that she can change the world," she wrote.

She thanked the team that helped her prepare for the photoshoot. Stylist Kate Phelan, hairstylist Sam McKnight, makeup artist Val Garland and nail stylist Adam Slee all earned a shoutout from the Nobel laureate.

She also mentioned where her outfits were from.

In the first picture, which is also the cover photo, Malala wears an attention-grabbing all-red look. Her forest-friendly viscose and lace dress and matching headscarf were designed by designer Stella McCartney.

McCartney is focused on pioneering sustainability luxury fashion. Sharing the cover photo on her official Instagram, she said it was an honour to have the Nobel Peace Prize winner wearing her design.

Her rings, one in each hand, were designed by Alice Cicolini.

According to Alice Cicolini's website, "the sacred architecture and patterns of the Silk Route" are the inspiration for the jewellery. "It is handmade in India in the studio of one of the last Jaipuri meenakari trained in the enamel traditions of Persia, passed down through family generations over 200 years. A family whose work is owned by the Maharajas of Patiala and Jaipur, and exhibited the world over, their craftsmanship remains of the highest quality."

The artist shared Malala's picture on her Instagram too, saying she is "excited to see my work worn on the cover of Vogue by such an extraordinary young woman who has achieved so much in her life."

Onto photo two.

The second photo has Malala in a sober yet striking look. The free flowing white linen gauze shirtdress she sports is a Michael Kors piece and her linen trousers are from Eskandar.

Eskandar is a brand named after the founder, who uses his Iranian heritage to "transcend trends in favour of silhouettes inspired by function and tradition". The brand "offers a range of easy-to-wear tunics, knitwear, loose trousers and silk shirts using only natural and noble fabrics."

Malala's headscarf was designed by Mai Hijabis, a Muslim-run brand focused on producing stylish and comfortable scarves. The golden coloured earrings peaking out from insider her scarf are by Patou., a brand that makes ready-to-wear clothes and accessories for women.

The third picture featured Malala flowing, literally. Her scarf floats in one direction while her body's is stretched out in the other.

Her linen shirtdress, trousers and belt for this picture were designed by Gabriela Hearst, an Uruguayan fashion designer known for her work in the luxury niche. With some of the world's biggest names in her list of clients, the designer is known for her dedication towards sustainability.

Malala's photo was also shared by the official account.

Her headscarf for this picture was by Charvet, a little known brand that is very playful in its ideology. The brand mixes colours, designs and patterns to create excitingly novel looks, and their social media vibe fits that identity.

Her ring, which isn't visible in the picture, was designed by Alice Cicolini.

While it was extremely delightful and empowering to see Malala rock the British Vogue cover, her evergreen style and choice of brands is on its own quite interesting. It is nice to see her sport some of the smaller, more independent and lesser known brands, with a clear predilection for those striving for sustainability.