Designer Maheen Khan reveals how she crafted the late Benazir Bhutto’s iconic look
On Sunday, Madam Tussaud’s unveiled the wax statue of the first female prime minister of Pakistan and the Muslim world, Benazir Bhutto, in Dubai. Her son, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto was present at the occasion.
President PPP Gulf Mian Munir Hans with Chairman PPP and Foreign Minister Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at Madame Tussauds Dubai, Wax statue Ceremony of Former Prime Minister Pakistan Benazir Bhutto Shaheed pic.twitter.com/Ab4ErLm4Le
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Fashion designer Maheen Khan, who crafted the iconic look Benazir Bhutto wore when she was sworn in as the first woman prime minister of the country in November 1988, has shared a heart warming story on her Instagram page about how she and Bhutto crafted the look together.
Maheen received a call from the Benazir Bhutto in November 1998, after she had won the elections and needed to design a look in green to wear for the swearing-in ceremony.
“It was some time In November 1988 that I got a call from Benazir Bhutto. She had just had Bilawal and she had won the elections!
She was to be Pakistans first Prime minister.
I immediately rushed to Bilawal House .
She needed something green to wear to her swearing in ceremony.
I convinced her to wear a white dupatta , which I got her .
I decided immediately that chiffon wouldn’t do so I got her a soft muslin which would drape well
Years later she rang to say she had given the outfit to Madame Toussards .”The Maheen label is still on it ” she said
The white dupatta has since become the signature of every female politician.
Magical memories of an amazing ,warm , affectionate woman .
Rest in peace dear BB
Innalillahe wainnaillaihe rajeoon.”