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Muslim couture features in stylish exhibition

by Julia Irwin

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Muslim women's fashion exhibition

By: Julia Irwin


MODEST Muslim couture is emerging as a trendsetter in contemporary Australian fashion, thanks to a new wave of designers.

Preston resident Dima Kattan is among designers who were disillusioned with the lack of choice, style and practicality in Muslim fashion. Realising she could do better, she started her own label Dima G for the discerning fashionista or, more appropriately, “hijabista”.

“The clothes I’ve designed are for women who like to follow fashion but want to feel comfortable — they are easier for women to wear,” Kattan said.

“I care about the fabric I use and mainly use natural fibres like silk and cotton — I rarely use polyester.”

Kattan is among those whose works appear at the upcoming Immigration Museum exhibition Faith, fashion, fashion: Muslim Women’s Style in Australia.

“Many of these labels were founded by Muslim Women whose own experience of finding fashionable head scarfs was either limited or non-existent and that led them to start designing and making their own clothes,” Immigration Museum manager Padmini Sebastian said.

“This includes a designer who creates high-end dresses inspired by pop star Rihanna, to the swimwear designer who created the one and only Burquini.”

Kattan said although Muslim women were required to cover their arms, legs body shape and hair, there was plenty of leeway in what women could wear and what she could design for her online business.

“Women can even wear pants so long as the don’t show the details of their body,” she said.

Kattan, a Palestinian living in Jordan before she moved to Australia 25 years ago, decided to stop wearing western clothes and wear the Muslim hijab eight years ago.

“Before I started wearing the hijab, no-one could tell if I was Italian or Muslim but now people know straight away,” she said.

“Every now and then someone might make a bad comment but I find most people are very friendly — people in Australia understand.”

Kattan said with new cutting-edge Muslim designers making waves on the fashion scene, non-Muslim women might also start to wear the clothes.

Faith, fashion, fusion: Muslim Women’s Style in Australia is at the Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, CBD, from October 10 to July 9.

Adults: $10. Free for children and concession card holders.

Naeema Shumellah
Naeema Shumellah 5pts

Can't you see its a mannequin? Ofcoz the top part is sold separately. This is just an example to show what the bottom dress looks like, and once you get the full attire, then you'l see it's fully covered including the chest area. Ppl are quickly to criticize without knowing the pattern of the dress or how it'l be sold etc. Stop criticizing for once and "See". All designers use plastic mannequin to display their dresses. It doesnt mean women wil dress like that mannequin. The headgear & even shoes & other accessories are usually put Separately.

Mohammad Akbar
Mohammad Akbar 5pts

Please read verse 31 of Sura Nur "... and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests ..."

Adam Turbit
Adam Turbit 5pts

a woman's dress is meant to detract from attention not to invite it. This is just imitating kufar. Women are ornaments to their husbands and vice-versa...........not to look pretty for the people on the street.

Djemil Salih
Djemil Salih 5pts

If the church thinks it is sexy it is already harom lol

Djemil Salih
Djemil Salih 5pts

Wow are then breast halal to pop out like that , lol should Muslim village be promoting rubbish like this or do u want to loose repetition ???

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