11.2 DIALOGUES ON THE ART OF ARAB FASHION: HERITAGE STUDIES IN ARAB FASHION
Event Description: Dr. Reem El Mutwalli and Prof. Reina Lewis & Dr. Tanya White discuss the importance of heritage studies in the Arab fashion.
PROF. REINA LEWIS – Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies at London College of Fashion.
DR. TANYA WHITE – Assistant Professor of Material Practices in Fashion at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University.
DR. AHMED MELIEBARY – Assistant professor of language at the University of Nottingham.
Reina Lewis is an academic and public intellectual and Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies at London College of Fashion, UAL. Her books include Muslim Fashion: Contemporary Style Cultures (2015), Rethinking Orientalism: Women, Travel and the Ottoman Harem (2004), and Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity and Representation (1996). She is the editor of Modest Fashion: Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith, (2013), and Outlooks: Lesbian and Gay Visual Cultures (1996) with Peter Horne. Reina was consulting curator for the exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions (2018) and is co-editor of the accompanying catalogue with Jill D’Allesandro.
Tanya White, Ph.D. has worked in ready-to-wear, bridal, marine canvas, and costume design in the Greater Toronto Area. Tanya recently completed a practice-based Ph.D. at Glasgow School of Art with a fashion and textile specialisation exploring the co-relation of religious and fashion iconography that idolises an emaciated body in historical and contemporary media. This study is expressed in experimental cloth and soft wearable sculpture.
Education is the key to sustaining Arab heritage and culture. Studying dress and textile heritage can lead to a better understanding of both gender and social relationships throughout history. Cultural misappropriation in the marketplace demonstrates the need for more education about cultural heritage in the fashion industry. Our role as heritage educators is to ensure that the current generation of designers and creatives is equipped to carry the Arab cultural legacy into the future. By understanding and preserving the origins of traditional artisan crafts like embroidery, weaving, and natural dyeing, unethical practices can be avoided, and the new generation of fashion design students will be appropriately equipped to ensure a sustainable future fashion heritage.
Date: 31st May 2022
Time: 12 pm (NYC), 5 pm (London), 8 pm (Dubai)
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