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Styling Contemporary Muslim Fashion Presentation at the DeYoung Museum

Muslim Fashion

In recent years, Muslim fashion has been recognized as an important part of the global fashion industry. When the opportunity arose for me to style a fashion presentation that was held for the grand opening of a new exhibit at the De Young Museum, called “Contemporary Muslim Fashions”, I jumped on it.

Muslim fashion has had a history of challenges in the industry and this exhibit shed a light on Muslim designers and the misconceptions that come with modest fashion. This show was made to start a positive conversation about Muslim fashions and demystify the Muslim dress, which has often been under- or misrepresented. The exhibit celebrates the creativity and diversity of modest dressing, a significant market that the larger fashion industry is finally waking up to.

The main incredible designers showcasing their piece for the exhibit and our fashion presentation were Dian Pelangi, Melinda Looi, and the luxury retailer, The Modist. From streetwear to couture, the designs featured in the “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” exhibit and our show were stunning, to say the least.

I worked side by side with an amazing team, Stephan Rabimov, and Farnaz Dadashi. Stephan orchestrated the fashion show and each aspect of its production. Farnaz was the main stylist, bringing her cultural background and experience to each of the looks created. I was brought on as an onset accessory stylist, responsible for the nitty details of each look.

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To curate the accessories needed for the show, I worked closely with Ilona Rinenburg, the owner on Closet 1951 on Union Street in San Francisco, and the luxury retailer, the Modist. It was such an intriguing experience to select accessories that spoke to a particular side of a Muslim culture while also representing the modern Muslim woman with style. The event featured a round stage that each of the models walked around to show off every aspect of the ensemble.

Having a display of this magnitude is a huge step in increasing diverse culture in the fashion industry. For many Muslims, this show of high fashion spreads positive awareness of their culture amid a world of prejudice. I highly recommend you check out the exhibit that is currently on display at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, CA until January 2019.

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Courtesy Of DeYoung Museum

If you see it, you’ll realize the exhibition isn’t only about the Middle East and offers an extraordinary range of inclusion and diversity, showcasing Muslim fashion from around the world.

Thank you for reading and keep styling,


OIia Kedik

15 Discussion to this post

  1. andy says:

    This is such an informative and great piece. So nice to focus on an obsure subject. Well done.

  2. Tatiana says:

    Ir’s the right time to look at Muslim fashion. It’s something very important for the future!

  3. Wow, this is actually my first time to learn about fashion related to Muslims outfit. Great pieces indeed!

  4. Jessica says:

    Olia thank you for informing us about this. The blue outfit in the top photo is beautiful. It is also refreshing to see you all(the team you worked with for accessories and the like) come together to customize these beautiful outfits for an often forgotten population

  5. Patricia says:

    How beautiful is this! I really love the play of colours!

  6. Carla Necole says:

    I’m glad to see more acceptance and diversity in fashion period. From cultural to sizes. There is beauty and value in us all.

  7. Alexandra says:

    I really enjoyed your post, and learning some more about this! I love the colours 🙂

  8. Tara Pittman says:

    It is cool to see fashion in other countries. Such pretty dresses.

  9. anshul says:

    Thanks for this blog. It is really great to learn about fashion from other countries. You broke so many stereotypes with this post.

  10. Joanna says:

    I have actually seen a documentary recently about modest fashion and I was amazed on how beautiful the clothes were. Seeing them again in your post makes me want to buy some for myself!

  11. I love learning about other cultures. I love the colors in this fashion.

  12. Tiffany says:

    These are so beautiful! Because of my religion I dress modestly so I love modest fashion, and I love that it is becoming more mainstream. I hope to visit San Fransisco so I can see this amazing collection.

  13. Heather says:

    I bet this was a great exhibit. Though I’ve never been to an exhibit like this, I love seeing different types of fashion.

  14. MAYSZ says:

    love the outfits in this fashion. it looks so beautiful and stylish. Great event!

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