With her deep mysterious eyes, flawless skin and striking eyebrows, Marjan is Beijing’s real-life Mughal princess. As an aspiring designer with a Pakistani heritage, she uses her homeland as an inspiration for her designs. This particular outfit is called a shalwaar kameez. The gorgeous maroon material was picked up at Beijing’s largest fabric market, Muxiyuan—although when it comes to actually making the clothing, she trusts Pakistani tailors over the local talent for the fine needlework.
“Muxiyuan has a huge range of cloth in addition to silk,” Marjan says. “They also have an immense selection of laces, cute buttons, zippers and anything else you need.” As for selecting accessories and adornments, she is a huge fan of picking through the treasure troves of shiny things in stores like Mega Mega Vintage in Gulou. “You can find some amazing top designer stuff from the '90s, or some rare unique piece that is so Fashionista 2011.”
Marjan is a designer with an eye for the historic value of fashion and especially loves the Mughal era for its elegant long shirts and embroidery. “This type of embroidery is known as ‘kundun’ and uses lots of metallics and bright beautiful colors,” she tells us. “Just add some thick black eyeliner and plum eye shadow, and you are ready for a royal wedding!”
Name: Marjan Fatima Bokhari