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Muslim/American: Can Faith be Fashionable?

'Muslim/American'

Originally Aired: Thursday May 21, 2015

Fashion designers Nyla Hashmi and Fatima Monkush

With a youthful and growing population, a new style vocabulary is emerging among Muslim Americans to express their multi-ethnic experiences. Often under the radar of the fashion media, women are creating new styles of turban from African prints and inventing fusion fashion from their trips to the mall for their modest dressing needs.

Still, with all this innovation, and with spending on clothing among Muslims across the globe set to reach $332 billion by 2018, why do so many Muslim women and men still feel under-served by the mainstream fashion industry?

Professor Reina Lewis, author of the forthcoming book “Muslim Fashion: Contemporary Style Cultures,” brought her public talks series Faith & Fashion from London College of Fashion, UAL to The Greene Space on Wednesday, May 20. She talked about the creativity and controversies that characterize Muslim fashion in America today, featuring guests Asma T Uddin, founder and Editor-in-Chief of altmuslimah.comfashion blogger and cultural commentator Winnie Détwa; and designers Nyla Hashmi and Fatima Monkushwhose fashion brand Eva Khurshid New York (2009-11) provide women with modest yet fashion-forward clothing.

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