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.
The exhibition first appeared at the Powerhouse Museum in 2012 and has since toured extensively across Australia including Melbourne, regional NSW and Western Australia. The exhibition toured internationally to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta in 2017/2018. The tour has been made possible by support from the Australian Government through the Australian High Commission Malaysia, the Australian ASEAN Council, the Australia Indonesia Institute and corporate partner, Lend Lease Projects (M) Sdn Bhd.
Glynis Jones discusses her exploration of a new sector in the local fashion industry, one where faith and fashion form a new relationship.
A series of sartorial stories Muslim women have contributed about aspects of their lives.
These Australian Muslim women offer personal insights to their lives through a selection of photographs, treasured objects and interviews.
A series of designers are profiled from the growing ‘modest fashion’ industry.
Curator Glynis Jones discusses how her interest in modest fashion styles became an exhibition exploring the intersection of faith and fashion.
You see, outside of my work at the Powerhouse Museum, some might jokingly describe me as being more “Arab than an Arab”.
Being asked to develop visual identity in collaboration with one of Australia’s most iconic design institutions is the type of creative challenge every graphic design studio dreams about.
Assistant Curator Melanie Pitkin seeks to answer the question, ‘How are Australian Muslim women engaging with fashion online?’
Curator Glynis Jones describes installing the travelling exhibition Faith Fashion Fusion: Muslim Women’s Style in Australia at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.
Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t know from your appearance…
We capture the diversity and creativity of Australian Muslim women’s style through a streetstyle photo shoot at events and locations around Sydney.
Veiling has a long and complex history which pre-dates Islam by thousands of years.