New Muslim Fashion Exhibition opens
at the Immigration Museum
have heard of a fashionista, but what about a hijabista? The latest
exhibition at the Immigration Museum Faith, fashion, fusion: Muslim
women’s style in Australia sheds light on an intriguing corner of a
multimillion-dollar fashion industry we rarely hear about.
fashion, fusion: Muslim Women’s Style in Australia showcases the
Muslim designers and fashion entrepreneurs whose work is bringing modest
couture to the forefront of contemporary Australian fashion.
of these labels were founded by Muslim women whose own experience of
finding fashionable head scarves was either limited or non-existent, and
this led them to start designing and making their own clothes. This
includes a designer who creates high-end dresses inspired by pop star
Rihanna, to the swimwear designer who created the one and only Burqini®,”
said Padmini Sebastian, Immigration Museum Manager.
clients, the new fashionistas, or ‘hijabistas’ as many call
themselves, use blogs and social media to find out the new fashion trends
worldwide. These fashion blogs offer tips on how to make popular fashion
comply with the Muslim dress code. Melbourne
fashion designer and blogger Zulfiye, who is featured in the exhibition,
describes this process as ‘hijabifying’.
Known online as the ‘Hijab Stylist’, Zulfiye is one of the
stars of the Melbourne Muslim fashion scene with thousands of people
following her every move on social media.
nearly 38 per cent of Muslim Australians born in Australia, ‘modest
fashion’ is part of a new culture being carved out by a community which
fuses faith and beliefs with Australian cultural identity.
fusion is showcased throughout the exhibition from the striking image of
surf lifesaver Mecca Laalaa standing proudly in her custom designed
Australian Surf Life Saving Burqini®, to the Western Sydney Auburn Tigers
female AFL football team that is made up of players from diverse cultures
and whose uniforms allow for among other things, the wearing of a head
A number of high profile Australian Muslim women are
also profiled in the exhibition, offering personal
insights to their lives through a selection of photographs, treasured
objects and interviews .…
“The exhibition truly reflects the diversity of the
Muslim female experience in Australia from artists, activists to
academics, and of course fashionistas,” says
Tasneem Chopra, the curator of the Melbourne content for the exhibition.
Release courtesy Immigration Museum
10 October 2013 to 9 July 2014
Museum, 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne
$10, children and concessions FREE
to know more? Further articles about this exhibition can be found here.
Melbourne based fashion label Dima G –
Melbourne based fashion label SAJAA, Lahza
Online fashion label Yaz Designs, Lahza
Melbourne based spoken word artist Alia Gabres –