Eman Bare: A mission to change the world through fashion and storytelling
The Managing Editor of Fashion & Culture, Haafizah Khaderoo sat down with award-winning journalist Eman Bare for a two-part interview. The interview covers Bare’s journalistic career, dealing with micro aggressions, ethical fashion, the normality of being a “minority”, and defining modest fashion.
It’s mid-August in Toronto, women are running around Daniel’s Spectrum setting up for the fourth annual International Modest Fashion and Design Festival. As I look around, I see a woman sending her models to hair and makeup.
The first thing I noticed was her outfit – a black long-sleeved dress accented with a distressed-denim corset and a mauve jersey-hijab effortlessly thrown over her shoulders
That woman was Eman Bare.
Although Bare was born and raised in Regina, Sask. she has been dominating the city of Toronto through what she knows best – fashion and storytelling. Bare is an associate producer and reporter for CBC Toronto and a writer for Teen Vogue.
It’s time for Bare’s line, Eman Idil Designs to walk the runway.
A trail of models stood tall, fist up in the air, wrapped in bronze and soft pink tulle while some were draped in fur.
I knew she was making a statement, “Having an all black runway is me screaming back saying I am the norm, I look at my collections as moving stories to highlight the women who matter in the fashion industry,” said Bare.
Fast forward to 2018, I had the opportunity to sit with Bare and talk about that fashion show, her career as an award-winning journalist and being an ethical fashion designer.
Part 1: Eman Bare talks ethical fashion
“These women [are] the women who matter in the fashion world.”
Part 2: Eman Bare talks life as a journalist
“That feeling when you walk away from a story knowing you did everything”