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Faith, Fashion, Fusion: Muslim Women’s Style in Australia (Touring)

Start Date 03 November 2017
End Date 28 January 2018
Venue Islamic Arts Museum
Location Sydney, Australia
Curator Glynis Jones and Melanie Pitkin
Designer Carola Salazar (Five Spaces Design)
Exhibition display of dress and images
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins
Exhibition display of dress and video

Australian Muslim women dress in diverse styles and are increasingly choosing to engage with global fashion trends while also expressing their faith. This lively and colourful exhibition showcased the work of an exciting new generation of Australian clothing brands designing stylish clothing for Muslim women, meeting their desire to dress fashionably and creatively within the requirements of their faith. Through garments, a street style fashion montage and interviews, the exhibition looked at the way Australian Muslim designers are rethinking the model for designing, retailing and marketing modest fashion to a local and global market.

Faith, fashion and Muslim identity were further explored through a series of ‘Women in profile’ showcases featuring the stories of nine influential Australian Muslim women. Through photographs, treasured objects and interviews this diverse group of Australian Muslim women shared their opinions, challenges and achievements.

Faith Fashion Fusion is a travelling exhibition developed by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney, Australia.

The exhibition first appeared at the Powerhouse Museum in 2012 and has since toured extensively across Australia including Melbourne, regional NSW and Western Australia. This was the first time the exhibition has toured internationally and the tour has been made possible by support from the Australian Government through the Australian High Commission Malaysia, the Australia ASEAN Council, the Australia Indonesia Institute and corporate partner, Lend Lease Projects (M) Sdn Bhd.

Images © Powerhouse Museum/Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.