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Halima Aden gives a preview of the first major museum exhibition on Muslim fashion
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Halima Aden gives a preview of the first major museum exhibition on Muslim fashion

Halima Aden gives a preview of the first major museum exhibition on Muslim fashion
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[L-R] Halima Aden models for Dian Pelangi, House of Coqueta. Photographs by Sebastian Kim. Image courtesy: de Young Museum

 

Fashion model and former refugee Halima Aden has been breaking boundaries as the first hijab-wearing model to grace magazine covers and walk high-profile runway shows. So it’s no surprise that Halima has been chosen to model a selection of modest ensembles that will be featured in a new exhibition on Islamic fashion in the US.

 

San Francisco’s de Young Museum is set to showcase “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” from September 26 to January 6, 2019. The exhibition aims to explore the complex and diverse nature of Muslim dress codes worldwide.

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Halima Aden wears Dress, Earrings, Ring, and Turban, Melinda Looi. Photographed by Sebastian Kim. Image: de Young Museum

 

Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the exhibition will examine how Muslim women, those who cover as well as those who do not, have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities and, in so doing, have drawn attention to the variations and nuances of their daily lives.

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Halima Aden wears Tunic, Fringed Pants, and Scarves, Dian Pelangi. Photographed by Sebastian Kim. Image courtesy: de Young Museum

 

“This exhibition stands out in our long history of outstanding fashion exhibitions and will shed light on larger political, social and cultural understandings and misunderstandings,” Max Hollein, former Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, announced in a statement.

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Halima Aden in tunic, pants, head wrap, Naima Muhammad for House of Coqueta. Photographed by Sebastian Kim. Image courtesy of the de Young Museum

 

Spotlighting places, garments and styles from around the world, the exhibition focuses on clothing that responds to individual and collective interpretations of 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.

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Halima Aden wears Gown, Shawl, and Turban, Rasit Bagzibagli for Modanisa. Photographed by Sebastian Kim. Image courtesy: de Young Museum

 

The exhibit will have a special focus on the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and diasporic communities throughout Europe and the United States. Designers from different parts of the world, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, the UK, Pakistan, France and Iran, are participating in the six-month long exhibition.

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Halima Aden wears abaya, hijab, Itang Yunasz; Jewellery, MannaQueen for Itang Yunasz. Photographed by Sebastian Kim. Image: de Young Museum

 

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