Opening later this month at the de young Museum in San Francisco, Contemporary Muslim Fashions is said to be the first major museum exhibit that will explore Islamic culture within a fashion context.
“We researched and interviewed designers in different areas of the globe, from the Middle East to Malaysia to Indonesia, and understood that there was this emergent outburst of energy and creativity coming from a lot of Muslim majority countries,” says Laura Camerlengo, the associate curator of costume and textiles for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “As such, a lot of the focus of the exhibition is on designers from these countries, and emerging designers”.
The exhibition’s space is noteworthy as it is designed by Iranian-American architecture firm Hariri and Hariri. The Guardian says that the exhibit’s “curved lines mimic the act of covering oneself with a space.” Architects Gisuhttp and Mojgan Hariri (who are also sisters) say they hope the exhibit would “allow a positive review and examination of a community that’s often talked about but rarely given the chance to speak and present itself”.
The exhibit runs September 22, 2018 through January 6, 2019.