Modest Fashion: Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith

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Reina Lewis
I.B.Tauris, Jul 30, 2013 - Design - 232 pages
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Modest dressing, both secular and religious, is a growing trend across the world, yet so far it has been given little serious attention and is rarely seen as fashion. Modest Fashion uniquely studies and addresses both the consumers and the producers of modest clothing. It examines the growing number of women who, for reasons of religion, faith or personal preference, decide to cover their bodies and dress in a way that satisfies their spiritual and stylistic requirements.
These are women who are making fashionable the art of dressing modestly. Scholars and journalists, fashion designers and bloggers explore the emergence of a niche market for modest fashion and examine how this operates across and between faiths, and in relation to 'secular' dressers.

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Reina Lewis is Artscom Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK. Her books include Rethinking Orientalism: Women, Travel and the Ottoman Harem (Tauris, 2004) and Re-Fashioning Orientalism: New Trends in Muslim Style (2013). She is editor, with Nancy Mickelwright, of Gender, Modernity and Liberty: Middle Eastern and Western Women's Readings: a Critical Reader (Tauris, 2006). She is also Series Editor, with Elizabeth Wilson, of the Dress Cultures Series from I.B.Tauris.

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