First published: 20 September 2018
Consulting curator of Contemporary Muslim Fashions, Professor Reina Lewis, brings her public talk series Faith & Fashion from London College of Fashion to the de Young Museum to be in conversation with British designer Yasmin Sobeih, founder of UNDER-RÂPT featured in the exhibition.
Lewis is a Professor of Cultural Studies at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and a world-renowned authority on Muslim and modest fashion. Her books include Muslim Fashion: Contemporary Style Cultures and Modest Fashion: Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith.
With a Masters degree in fashion buying and merchandising from London College of Fashion, Yasmin Sobeih is well-placed to discern a niche within a niche for active wear in the cross-faith modest fashion sector. Aware that the globally growing trend for athleisure isn’t sufficiently meeting the needs of women from religious cultures who want to participate in sports, she set out with UNDER-RÂPT to provide modest sports and loungewear which is also organic and sustainably produced.
Join Reina, Yasmine and the audience in San Francisco as they discuss the relationship between fashion and faith as well as the opportunities and challenges that the now global modest fashion infrastructure presents for independent brands.
Can faithful shoppers be shoppers of faith? How does religion relate to fashion? Can spirituality have style? Should the fashion industry respond to people who want to express their faith and spirituality through their clothes?
Artscom Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies Professor Reina Lewis, London College of Fashion brings together fashion designers and consumers, bloggers and journalists, educators and entrepreneurs, politicians and activists in a timely appraisal of these issues. With participants from secular and religious communities, Faith & Fashion provides an open forum for discussions about the opportunities - and the challenges - of melding religion with fashion.