The unprecedented rise of modest fashion reverberates all around the world as it finds a new outlet and taps into a different field. The de Young, a well-known fine arts museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in the USA, is getting ready to host ‘the Fashion of Islam’ in 2018.
The museum is renowned for its 20th century couture, especially from the post-WWII era, with exquisite pieces by Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Rucci, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Madame Grés and Coco Chanel. Rare pieces from 125 countries – varying from Central Asia to Europe – can be found at the textile art collection, which boasts more than 13,000 textiles and costumes all around the world as well as being known for organizing or importing special exhibitions financed in part through high admission fees. The museum ranks among the top five art museums nationwide for attendance (with approximately 1.4 million visitors last year) and The new director of the museum, Max Hollein, adds the ‘Fashion of Islam’ to the museum’s schedule as his first major act since he took over the position in March 2016.
The program of the show is not clear yet, but interpretations of hijabs by designers all around the world, from Iman Aldebe and Huseyin Caglayan to Dolce & Gabbana, Islamic street style and sportswear with special emphasis on the burkini ban controversies, and traditional Muslim clothing, are expected to take place in the exhibition.
Having talked to the New York Times recently, Mr. Hollein points at the misunderstandings about modest fashion among people and focuses on the larger socio-political context that Islamic fashion exists and thrives in. The apparent dichotomy between Islam and fashion seem to be one of the main starting points of the show, with religious beliefs against lavishness, the importance of not attracting attention on the one side, and then changing trends, visibility, and extravagance on the other. It seems that the exhibition will make a great impression and rock all the world—we’re looking forward to it!
This article is written by Burcu Özgüçlü.