Debenhams has become the first major UK department store to announce that it will begin selling the traditional hijab.
Pedestrians pass the entrance to a Debenhams store on Oxford Street in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Debenhams Plc, the U.K.'s second-largest department-store chain, rose the most in more than 2 1/2 years in London trading after holiday sales beat estimates and the retailer said it expects commodity-cost pressure to ease. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Debenhams on Oxford Street will be the first store to sell Aab clothing (Picture: Getty Images)

The department store will also offer a range of other Muslim clothing including tops, dresses, jumpsuits, kimono wraps, hijab pins and caps in selected stores.

Aab, an international brand, will start selling ‘contemporary modest wear’ for women inside the Oxford Street branch of Debenhams in London from May.

The brand will then be introduced to stores at the Bullring centre in Birmingham, Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush, Trafford Centre in Manchester and Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester.

(Picture: AAB CONTEMPORARY MODEST WEAR) Debenhams will become the first major store to sell the Muslim headscarf: Hijabs, tops, dresses, jumpsuits and kimono wraps will be available from May

The department store will also offer a range of other Muslim clothing including tops, dresses, jumpsuits, kimono wraps, hijab pins and caps in selected stores. (Picture: AAB)

The launch will coincide with launches at international Debenhams branches in Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iran, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Aab will also stock body-covering abaya dresses on top of hijabs.

Jeanette Whithear of Debenhams said: ‘Adding the high quality fashion range to our product mix enables us to offer collections that are highly relevant in both international markets and to our domestic customers.

(Picture: AAB CONTEMPORARY MODEST WEAR) Debenhams will become the first major store to sell the Muslim headscarf: Hijabs, tops, dresses, jumpsuits and kimono wraps will be available from May

The clothing will be for sale from May (Picture: AAB)

Nazmin Alim, founder and creative director at Aab, which means water in Persian, said: ‘We started Aab almost a decade ago as a label that redefined modest fashion and one that caters for everyday modern wardrobe staples.

‘The partnership with Debenhams opens up some very exciting opportunities for us.’

Though other stores like Marks & Spencer and John Lewis introduced the burkini, it is believed to be the first major department store to offer a whole range of Muslim clothing.