About this event
Professor Reina Lewis reflects on her experiences as consulting curator on the award-winning exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions (the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, 2018, touring to Frankfurt and New York). Hosted by Dr. Reem El Mutwalli, founder of The Zay Initiative, and introduced by Emirati Designer Feryal Albastaki. Response by Hafsa Lodi, author of The Modesty Paradox.
Contemporary Muslim Fashion was the first major exhibition to explore the rise of the modest fashion industry and to showcase the creativity of Muslim designers from around the globe – including from the United Arab Emirates. Prof Lewis discusses how exhibiting fashion with religious, cultural, and community significance encourages dialogue.
Reina’s frequent media commentary includes international publications such as Woman’s Wear Daily, the New York Times, the Times, Fortune.com, the Economist, and The National. She is the author of Muslim Fashion: Contemporary Style Cultures (2015); Modest Fashion, (editor 2013); Contemporary Muslim Fashions (co-edited with Jill D’Allesandro, 2018).
The Zay Initiative, founded by Dr. Reem El Mutwalli, published author with over 40 years of experience in art and cultural heritage, is a non-profit, UK-registered initiative advancing the preservation of cultural heritage through the collection, documentation, and digital archiving of Arab historical attire and their stories. The Zay Initiative aims to promote an understanding of the evolution of regional culture, and building up public awareness and appreciation of this unique heritage by reaching out to like-minded individuals and institutions nationally, regionally, and globally.
Feryal Albastaki is renowned for incorporating heritage and culture into her designs for fashion, accessories, and interiors. Exhibited in the UAE embassies in Lebanon, London, and Belgium, she was commissioned by the Indian Embassy to represent the UAE in the field of fashion to highlight Indian khadi cloth in 2019.
Hafsa Lodi is an American-Muslim journalist covering fashion and culture in the Middle East for The Independent, Refinery29, Teen Vogue, Vogue Arabia, The National, and Mojeh, among others. Her book Modesty: A Fashion Paradox, launched at the 2020 Emirates Literature Festival and was hailed by Harper’s Bazaar US as “a well-researched and tender portrait of the politics and people behind a movement.”
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