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San Francisco art museum to open ‘The Fashion of Islam’ exhibit in 2018

December 31, 2016

The de Young Museum, a fine arts museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park will open an exhibition titled “The Fashion of Islam” in 2018. It is the first major show developed by the new museum’s director, Max Hollein, who is hoping to approach the subject from different perspectives by exploring how styles in Islamic dress are shaped both global fashion trends and religious beliefs (which often can appear at odds with each other). “There are probably people who don’t even think there is fashion in Islam,” Mr. Hollein said. “But if you look at Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Beirut, the fashion is really vibrant, and it can speak to larger political and social developments, cultural understanding and misunderstandings.” Hollein is not curating the show, but is collaborating with the museum’s textiles and costumes curators to “put together a group of scholars and experts to develop the project, both in the area of fashion and the history of culture.” The show, among other things, will look at historical Muslim dress, explore how hijabs have been approached differently by European and Islamic designers and feature Islamic street- and sportswear to address the “burkini ban” controversy that rocked France’s beaches this summer. Hollein also noted that they did not want the exhibit to be “skewed,” so they would not be collaborating with any fashion house, which is often the case for these types of large fashion exhibitions. “We want to apply the same scholarly rigor here that we would apply to an old masters’ show,” he said.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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