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Short Course

The Modest Fashion Movement Webinar

London College of Fashion

This two-hour webinar is an introduction to the modest fashion movement in popular culture today and its power to shift perceptions.

Course description

The term Modest Fashion came to prevalence in the mid 2000s but is no longer an obscure term. The modest fashion market is now worth billions, couture labels and high street brands now offer modest clothing lines and put recognisably muslim women on the catwalk. The modest fashion movement is a global phenomenon pioneered and represented by young visibly muslim women- designers, bloggers as well as students, mothers and entrepreneurs around the world.

While covering their hair and bodies, the styles worn by these women are daring, expressive and inventive raising questions on religiosity and powerfully challenging pre conceived stereotypes of muslim women in mainstream culture. Professor Reina Lewis describes them as “savvy, underserved religio-ethnic individuals and groups who started providing both the products and content that they were missing”.

In this webinar led by artist Sara Shamsavari, you will be introduced to her International Veil Series - a global photographic series documenting key innovators and ordinary women who represent modest fashion from Nailah Lymus, the founder of the first muslim modelling agency to blogger Amena Khan.

Who should attend this session?

This webinar is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning about the Modest Fashion Movement and its pioneers. It is an excellent fit for designers, artists and photographers wanting to create socially engaged work.


After this session you will:

  • Have an introduction to the Modest Fashion Movement
  • Learn the importance of photography in documenting a subculture or movement
  • Have a fresh perspective on Fashion and its potential to challenge perspectives
  • on race and religiosity
  • Be challenged on re-thinking perceptions of minority groups in the mainstream

Each webinar will feature:

  • Expert knowledge from industry professionals
  • Opportunities to meet other like-minded creatives
  • A chance to join the conversation with a live Q&A
  • Our webinar sessions are aimed for anyone looking to upskill and develop their professional practices. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion

We have other webinar sessions coming up soon. See our full webinars list.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


This webinar will cover:

  • The Modest Fashion Movement - Where it began and how it is defined
  • Fashion in art- how a photographic series challenged perspectives
  • Fashion,religion and the body
  • Hijabs, creativity and adaptation
  • Modest Fashion-a billion dollar industry


To take part in this webinar session you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

We recommend you have:

  • A notebook
  • A pen
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