She’s a barrier-breaking model who has blazed a trail in recent years, becoming the first hijabi model to win campaigns and magazine covers around the world. So it is more than fitting that Halima Aden was handpicked to model a selection of modest ensembles that will feature in a hotly anticipated new exhibition.
San Francisco’s de Young Museum is set to showcase “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” in a display of that name this Fall, in a six-month-long show that explores “the complex and diverse nature of Muslim fashions and current modest dress codes”. The upcoming show will look at garments and styles from across the world, including interpretations of the hijab by Muslim and European designers, such as Yves Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana, to name a few. The show, which will kick off on September 22 and conclude on January 6, 2019, will also feature high-end abayas by Franco-Algerian designer Faiza Bouguessa, as well as an entire section dedicated to photography and film, which will include socially charged artworks by artists such as Wesaam Al-Badry, Rania Matar, Hassan Hajjaj, and Shirin Neshat.
Ahead of the highly anticipated exhibition, photographer Sebastian Kim shot hijabi model and former Vogue Arabia cover star Aden in a series of portraits styled by Katie Mossman, modeling some of the key garments that will be on display. Peruse the slides in the gallery above for a sneak peek of what to expect…
Contemporary Muslim Fashions will run from September 22, 2018 to January 06, 2019 at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, California. For more information, click here.