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Contemporary Muslim Fashions, opening at the de Young Museum September 22, is the first major museum exhibition to explore the complex, diverse nature of Muslim dress codes worldwide. The exhibition examines how Muslim women— those who cover their heads and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities, and in so doing have drawn mass media attention to contemporary Muslim life. Spotlighting places, garments, and styles from around the world, this exhibition considers how Muslims define themselves—and are defined—by their dress, and how these sartorial choices can reflect the multifaceted nature of their identities.
The de Young has a strong commitment to costume and textile arts, and houses a collection of more than 14,000 textiles and costumes from traditions around the world, spanning nearly three millennia and representing cultures from 125 countries. Contemporary Muslim Fashions is the latest in long history of fashion exhibitions at the de Young. Recent fashion exhibitions include: The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll (2017), Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective (2016), The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gautier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (2012), and Balenciaga and Spain (2011).
Author Alisa Carroll, a writer on art, design and visual culture, will moderate the conversation with panelists Jill D’Alessandro, Curator in Charge of Costume and Textile Arts; Linda Butler, Director of Marketing Communications and Visitor Experience, and Emily Jennings, Associate Director of Education, School and Family Programs as they share details and behind-thescenes insights on the making of a fashion exhibition. They will reveal stories about meeting with contributing designers from around the globe, producing a first-ever photo shoot in New York with top model Halima Aden, and working with a local group of Muslim community advisors and empowering a team of local Muslim teens to create a unique podcast. In doing so, they will reveal how teams across the museum collaborated both internally and with over 50 designers and artists to bring this revolutionary exhibition to fruition.