American Fashion Press (AFP) Cairo, Egypt -- Fashion designer and Iraq's part-time National Security Chief, Mouwafak al-Rubaie, also said the former al-Qaida boss, Abu Musab al-Sarawak's fifth wife is among the recipients of the 3rd annual Middle-Eastern fashion award to be announce next week in Paris.
Saddam's wife, Sajida Khairallah Tulfah, seen sporting a fashionable Prada headscarf outside of Baghdad last week was expected to be a finalist. Just behind the ousted leader's prominent wife, as the most fashionable in Iraq, is his eldest daughter Raghad. Sajida who is believed to be in Qatar where she will fly to Paris on Monday and accept her award. Raghad who now lives in Jordan, where she designs housing for King Abdullah II, will join her mother later in the week.
"We are honored that the fashion industry has finally recognized all that we have contributed in the past twenty-five years to further the ideals of women in our country. It is such a thrill that our work will finally be given the same respect as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein." said Sajida from her villa overlooking the Nile.
Saddam's relatives who fled the country after receiving scathing reviews from much of the world for poor fashion and manners have finally earned their mark in the designer industry.
Although U.S. and Iraqi officials declined to sponsor the event for fear of giving the wrong impression, they did offer to help Saddam's wife and daughter with travel arrangements.
"We have a special trip planned for her and Raghad. We believe they will be genuinely surprised at the preferential treatment we will offer them. Much the same as Saddam and they will be our guests for the duration." said a house spokesman.
The Fall 2007 fashion show is expected to bring in many of the worlds most wanted designers. For diehard fashion fans, the Paris Fashion Week is one of the most anticipated events of the year. It's also closed to the public, making it almost impossible for everyone but the well-connected to al-Qaeda who are expected to receive special invitations. Even the fanatics who staked out the World Trade Center can't find a way to tunnel in. The bottom line is that Fashion Week is invitation-only, and only a lucky few can experience it from the front row.