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

Start Date 05 May 2012
End Date 14 July 2013
Venue Powerhouse Museum
Location Sydney, Australia
Curator Glynis Jones and Melanie Pitkin
Designer Fiona Blades
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 showcases 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 streetstyle fashion montage and interviews, the exhibition looks 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 are 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 share their opinions, challenges and achievements.

PHM then travelling Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia 

The Australian tour was supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of cultural material across Australia. 

The International tour was supported by the Australian Government through the Australian High Commission Malaysia, the Australian Embassy Jakarta, the Australian ASEAN Council and the Australia Indonesia Institute. 

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