Faith Fashion Fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia exhibition opened on Thursday 26 May at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra. Visitors will be able to see the exhibition daily from 9 am to 5 pm till 4 September 2016.
The exhibition explores the emerging modest fashion market and the work of Muslim designers and entrepreneurs.
Developed by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in Sydney, with advice and assistance from Multicultural NSW, Australian Muslim organisations and community members who shared stories, loaned objects and took part in the film and fashion shoots that make the exhibition visually and emotionally rich.
According to MAAS fashion and dress curator Glynis Jones, ‘modest fashion is one of the global fashion industry’s largest growth areas. It’s also interesting to see the market for these designs is not limited to Muslim women but has broader appeal for woman looking for looser fitting fashionable clothing that offers more coverage.’ Faith Fashion Fusion also illustrates that faith and fashion are not incompatible.
Faith Fashion Fusion also provides a space where Muslim women speak more broadly about themselves, their experiences and their faith, countering misconceptions that exist in Australian society.
The women share their opinions, challenges and achievements through photographs, treasured objects and interviews; including author Randa Abdel-Fattah, academic and media commentator Susan Carland, Australia’s first Muslim surf lifesaver Mecca Laalaa and author Arwa Abousamra.
The exhibition includes commentary by Sydney’s first, and highly influential, Muslim fashion blogger Delina Darusman-Gala. Delina shares her love of clothing and offers advice on modest fashion, where to buy outfits and accessories, and how to make mainstream fashion trends more modest.