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Faith Fashion Fusion Exhibition at the Immigration Museum

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Muslim Women's Style in Australia
Image from Melbourne Museum Website

There was a movie a few years ago Sex and the City 2 when Carrie Bradshaw and her girlfriends took a trip to United Arab Emirates.

In one scene they are lead by a group of Muslim women into a secluded room where the women suddenly throw off their abayas to reveal Louis Vuitton designer dresses underneath.

The two groups of women ooh and and ah in unison. The message being that they are all women and women are unanimously rapt in clothes.

Faith, fashion, fusion exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum

I know that the movie received a lot of flack for this scene, which I won't go into here, but I'm not sure that the attempted point was wrong and that was -- that most women adore clothes.

But Islamic rules of modesty (hijab) don't always fit with Western ideas of fashion.

The new exhibition at the Immigration Museum 'Faith, Fashion, Fusion: Muslim Women's Style in Australia' showcases Muslim designers and fashion entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of the multimillion-dollar fashion industry we normally don't get to hear about.

The designs are startling, and vibrant but above all modest. And with nearly 38 per cent of Muslim Australians born in Australia, "modest fashion" is part of a new culture.

Many of the labels were founded by Muslim women who became tired of what the regular fashion industry was offering, so they started to design their own clothes -- ones that would be stylish and fashionable and fit with Australia's lifestyle and climate.

Their fashionable clients, or hijabistas as some call themselves, use social media to keep up with worldwide trends. Some have fashion blogs which have tips on how to make fashion fit with
Muslim dress code. There is an example of one of the Facebook pages here.

The gorgeous styles are not just for Muslim but for non-Muslim women as well.

The exhibition offers everything from the high-end dresses inspired by pop star Rihanna, to the swimwear designer who
created the one and only BurqiniŽ.

A number of high profile Australian Muslim women are profiled in the exhibition, offering personal insights to their lives as well as their clothes.

Faith, fashion, fusion exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum

This exhibition is a travelling exhibition from the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, where it was a huge success. It is great to see this different exhibition now in Melbourne.

Entry is free with Museum admission.

Image from Melbourne Museum website
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Why? To see some great fashions and learn about Muslim dress
When: Daily, 10 Oct 2013 - 9 Jun 2014 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Phone: 9927 2700
Where: Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Cost: Adults $10, children and concessions FREE
Your Comment
Great to see such wonderful clothes designed by Muslim Women. The exhibition looks very promising.
by jasna (score: 1|83) 2282 days ago
I can't wait to visit the Exhibition. Looks very intriguing. The clothes look stylish and the fabrics look inviting!
by choud (score: 2|164) 2264 days ago
Really interesting, thankyou, must check this out
by EricaL (score: 3|1657) 2283 days ago
Thanks for the information on this exhibition. Will have to visit it.
by Belinda Price (score: 2|413) 2244 days ago
Past Event: 10 October 2013 to 9 June 2014
by Garry Twain (score: 1|38) 2004 days ago
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