Faith Fashion Fusion is the title of an exhibition at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum exploring the different ways that Muslim women in Australia express themselves through their attire.
The exhibition features mannequins displaying the clothes of various Muslim designers in Australia, including Shanaaz Jacobs-Copeland’s Yaz’s Designs, Dima Gheith of Dima G, and Aheda Zanetti with her Ahiida swim- and sportswear brand.
While the emphasis was on hijab-compliant wear, there were also some exhibits of ‘modest wear’ without hijab, but otherwise concealing. Ahiida featured the now famous “burqini”, the covering swimwear garment designed for Muslim women volunteering as surf lifesavers.
As well as the fashion exhibits, the exhibition features video interviews with the designers involved, and profiles with prominent Muslim women born in Australia or who call Australia home.
Although relatively small, Faith Fashion Fusion packs its punch in the details. It is an important exhibition which shines a light on what it means to be a Muslim, and particularly a Muslim woman in Australia today, a corner of our nation’s identity which is often discussed, but rarely understood.