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Faith & Fashion in Beirut: Fashion, Design, Identity

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Published date
26 May 2018

First published: 26 May 2016

London College of Fashion’s Professor Reina Lewis takes Faith & Fashion on the road to Beirut as part of a symposium organised in collaboration with Lebanese American University (LAU) for Beirut Design Week.

Panel 1: Fashion Mediation: cultural translation of fashion and dress identities within and beyond the region

Chaired by Dr Yasmine Taan, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Design at the Lebanese American University, our first panel evaluated local fashion/arts education and the role of social enterprises in grafting a regional fashion culture attuned to social and environmental sustainability.

Joining Yasmine to explore the potential of the fashion community to preserve regional artisan skills by creating work ready to promote on the world stage are:

  • Ritu Upadhyay, Middle East correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily
  • Johnny Farah, Founder and Designer of Johnny Farah
  • Sarah Beydoun, Founder and Creative Director of social enterprise Sarah’s Bags

Panel 2: Faith & Fashion: Fashion Politics: religious and regional taste cultures on the international market

Joining Reina to investigate how local gender, religious, and ethnic considerations influence retail practice in the context of the global fashion industry’s recent construction of Muslims as a global consumer segment are:

  • Shelina Janmohamed, Vice President of Ogilvy Noor, an Islamic branding practice, and author of Generation M: Young Muslims Changing the World
  • Cynthia Chamat, Creative Director of Urban Sense retailer, Boutique Hub, Beirut
  • Kendall Robbins, Fashion Programme Manager at British Council and regional expert