Contemporary Muslim Fashions

By Jill D’Alessandro, Reina Lewis, Alex Aubry, Shiva Balaghi, Laura L. Camerlengo, Carla Jones, Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, et al.

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Contemporary Muslim Fashions brings to light the dynamic present-day Muslim modest fashion sector and the incredible range it represents. This groundbreaking volume, which accompanies a major exhibition at the de Young museum in San Francisco, features a selection of spectacular creations that traverses diverse regional, religious, and sartorial interpretations. Artworks ranging from high-end fashion to streetwear and commissioned couture from emerging and established designers consider how Muslims define themselves and are defined by their dress.

Filled with dazzling art and fashion photography as well as stills from runway shows and films, this book explores the ways vibrant Muslim style cultures are shaped by global trends and multivalent religious beliefs. This publication also illuminates how cities in Muslim-majority and diasporic communities, such as Dubai, Jakarta, London, and New York, are homes to thriving industries that create classic and cutting-edge looks. Accompanying these images are essays and personal narratives by leading voices that touch on compelling and timely topics, from the history of head covering to the influence of today’s social media.

A fascinating examination of a major segment of the fashion industry, Contemporary Muslim Fashions highlights the ingenuity and creativity of Muslim designers and wearers as they deftly navigate fashion trends while maintaining their religious, cultural, and self identities.


Jill D’Alessandro is curator in charge of costume and textile arts in The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Reina Lewis is the Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies, at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.

Alex Aubry is the director of the Fashion Resource Center at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the editor at large for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.

Shiva Balaghi is project director at the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles and editorial correspondent for the online publishing forum Ibraaz.

Laura L. Camerlengo is associate curator of costume and textile arts in The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Carla Jones is associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer is associate professor of American culture at the University of Michigan and senior editor at

Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz is an entrepreneur and the founder and owner of the fashion emporium DNA in Riyadh and Doha.

Remona Aly is a contributor to London’s The Guardian and BBC Radio 2’s “Pause for Thought,” and presenter for BBC Radio 4’s “Something Understood.”

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor is a research fellow in faith and peaceful relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, United Kingdom.

Shelina Janmohamed is the vice president of Ogilvy Noor, London, and a commentator for the BBC, The Telegraph, CNN, and The National.

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