Media Release: Faith and female fashion issues in spotlight at Al-Maktoum College lecture


THE relationship between religion, faith and female fashion is under increasing scrutiny today, with more and more Muslim women focusing on the way they dress.

Professor Reina Lewis – author of Muslim Fashion: Contemporary Style Cultures – will discuss this topic in an open lecture at Dundee’s Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education this week (Thursday, February 18).

Professor Lewis – Artscom Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies at the London College of Fashion, UAL – has researched the way in which modest fashion scenes offer a kind of mediation between people of diverse faith backgrounds.

Her Faith Fashion public talk series bring together academics, bloggers, designers and consumers to discuss the relationship between religion and fashion.

Her recent book, ‘Modest Fashion: Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith’, examines the growing number of women who, for reasons of faith or personal preference, decide to cover their bodies and dress in a way that satisfies their spiritual and stylistic requirements.

“There is a need to discuss the opportunities and challenges involving faith issues and the fashion scene,” Professor Lewis will tell her audience in Dundee.

She will explain that since the turn of the century a niche market for modest fashion has grown with designers and entrepreneurs involved in cross-faith dialogue trying to cater to modesty requirements from religious and secular women.

Her audience will hear that young women are emerging as global influencers in a dialogue that extends into discussions about personal religious and spiritual identities.

In her lecture, Professor Lewis will elaborate on how fashion can help in the development of young women in positions of responsibility, leadership, and inspiration within and beyond the Muslim community.

“This is a intriguing and important matter for discussion,” said Dr Hossein Godazgar, principal and vice-chancellor of Al-Maktoum College.

“Professor Lewis has talked and written extensively on the subject so we are extremely pleased that she’s coming to Dundee to share her thoughts with us.”

The lecture takes place at Al-Maktoum College on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 6pm.

It is FREE to attend and open to the public. However, registration is required due to capacity.

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