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‘The Fashion of Islam’ coming to the De Young

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, embodying the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum is the biggest open expressions organization in the city of San Francisco.
Figure: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, embodying the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum is the biggest open expressions organization in the city of San Francisco.

De Young Director Max Hollein is providing a sneak peek at what lies ahead for the San Francisco art museum. The New York Times reports that the first major show developed since Hollein took charge will open in the fall of 2018 and is tentatively set to be titled “The Fashion of Islam.”

“There are probably people who don’t even think there is fashion in Islam. But if you look at Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Beirut, the fashion is really vibrant, and it can speak to larger political and social developments, cultural understanding and misunderstandings”, Mr. Hollein told the paper.

The exhibit will focus on hijabs, and follows in the footsteps of “Faith, Fashion, Fusion” — an Australian show dealing with so-called “modest fashion.” This is not the first time the de Young has shown fashion, with the 2012 Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit proving the popularity of the topic.

According to Hollein, textiles curators at the museum will “put together a group of scholars and experts to develop the project, both in the area of fashion and the history of culture.” The exhibit will look at both European interpretations of the hijab, Islamic streetwear, and the history of the garment.

“We want to apply the same scholarly rigor here that we would apply to an old masters’ show,” explained Hollein.

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