The Jakarta Post
Rendering of Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibition gallery. Exhibition design by Hariri & Hariri Architecture (JP/Handout/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Indonesian fashion designer attire and brands are slated to take part in an international Muslim fashion exhibition titled “Contemporary Muslim Fashions”. The exhibition, taking place at de Young museum in San Francisco, is to open on Saturday, Sept. 22. and will run until Jan. 6, 2019.
The museum’s website has listed 55 participating designers, including seven from Indonesia. They are Renni Andriani, Windri Widiesta Dhari for NurZahra, Anandia Putri for IKYK, Rani Hatta, Dian Pelangi, Khanaan Shamlan and Itang Yunasz.
Dian Pelangi, creative director of Dian Pelangi modest fashion brand, reportedly said in a press conference that Indonesian designers’ participation in the exhibition is a great accomplishment.
“[The achievement is] not only [of] those [designers] who participate, but all [other Indonesian designers] who have taken part in promoting Indonesia’s modest fashion,” Dian was quoted by Kompas.com as saying.
A fashion ensemble by Dian Pelangi (JP/Handout/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Sebastian Kim)
When speaking of Muslim dress codes worldwide, with its complex and diverse nature, Indonesia is a country to highlight, the exhibition believes. The introduction to the exhibition points out how Indonesia, as the largest Muslim-majority country in the world, explores rich textile and costume traditions. This trait is represented by Itang Yunasz, Khanaan Shamlan and NurZahra, who employ luxurious fabrics in vibrant colors and complex patterns.
Itang, who also hosted the press conference in Jakarta alongside Dian Pelangi, said he presents collections with the theme “Tribalux Sumba” that features woven textile motifs from Sumba island.
He described that among his collections to be showcased is a contemporary style of kaftan and jacket with embroidery and beads.
An ensemble by Itang Yunasz (JP/Handout/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco/Sebastian Kim)
Meanwhile, Khanaan is set to showcase collections inspired by “kawung” batik and Islamic architecture.
Organizers of the exhibition also highlight that Muslim fashion is supported by a dynamic online community. They stated that online community leaders such as Dian Pelangi, alongside Hoda Katebi (Iranian student, activist, founder of fashion and social action blog joojooazad.com) and Leah Vernon (American plus-size model, Muslim feminist) help the exhibition look at how personal style can serve as a launch pad for larger conversation.
Furthermore, Contemporary Muslim Fashions could eventually draw attention to issues of sustainability and gender, racial and religious inequalities. (mut)