ON WITH THE SHOW: After runs at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” will be making its only East Coast stop at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.
Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the stereotype-defying exhibition takes into consideration how Muslim women have become arbiters of style in their communities and beyond. The exhibition is the first to examine the modest fashion industry — a burgeoning sector in many parts of the globe. Opening to the public on Feb. 28 and running through Aug. 23, the show will spotlight about 80 ensembles from an assortment of fashion, streetwear, sportswear and couture designers. Visitors will also find about 40 photographs.
“Contemporary Muslim Fashions” will focus on the intersection of regional dress styles, global fashion trends and attitudes about modesty. It considers how Muslim women define themselves and are defined by their dress, providing a snapshot of the current moment in Muslim modest fashion. Modest fashion refers to garments that are both highly fashionable and provide sufficient body cover to address cultural concerns for modesty. Gallery goers will get a better understanding of how the attire worn
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