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
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29 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. These looks are absolutely stunning! I love the colors and how they are just so well made. I never really thought much about this sytle and type of fashion but I love seeing new things to me.

  6. Patricia says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. Alexandra says:

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

  9. Tara Pittman says:

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

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

  13. Sigrid Says says:

    Wow! These are awesome outfits! Love the contemporary look on Muslim fashion. Looks so grand and elegant.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Angela says:

    Gorgeous outfits! Congratulations on the gig.

    xx Angela ||

  17. Val says:

    How interesting, I’d love to see this exhibit in person. I’m sure it will be beautiful and informative. What a great opportunity this was for you.

  18. MAYSZ says:

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

  19. Naamiyah says:

    Yes, I would live to see some more modest beautiful attire. We lack so much of those types of designs in society today. I think it’s a great idea to bring awareness to this phenomenon

  20. Naamiyah says:

    Yes, I would live to see some more modest beautiful attire. We lack so much of those types of designs in society today. I think it’s a great idea to bring awareness to this phenomenon.

  21. Naamiyah says:

    I think it would be a great idea to bring aweness of beautifully made modest clothing. Covering up doesn’t have to be a drag. You can look stunning covered up. These outfits are beautiful

  22. Naamiyah says:

    I love the information you brought out in this article. Bringing awareness of modest apparel that is totally fashionable. I would love to wear some myself(I’m a fan of kaftans!)

  23. Sandra says:

    These are great selections!! I love how the drapes look so natural and the colors are vibrant. Just perfect to have a pop of color! Perfect for any occasion!

  24. Casey says:

    Wow, didn’t think Contemporary Muslim Fashion can be so cool and hip. I actually fancy one myself. I can see this could be the nest hit in the fashion world.

  25. I just discovered your blog and found it so beautiful. I also love this Muslim fashion. Great sense of style. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Debby says:

    What beautiful pieces of clothing. It is not what I think about for traditional muslim clothing so this is a great educational piece to share.

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