photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
Meet Fay Tellaoui (on the left). Fay is the owner, director and designer for her self-named label Fay Tellaoui Modern Islamic Designs. Fay’s experience of putting on the veil at age 19 and finding she had to completely adjust her wardrobe to suit her new modest style of dress provided the impetus to start her own fashion label. In 2004, Fay began designing and selling her clothes to family and friends, then opened the Fay Tellaoui boutique in Bankstown in 2008. Two years later she launched a second store in Coburg, Melbourne. Fay mainly works with the traditional abaya form (a full length, loose fitting, long sleeved gown), which she re-designs into a more tailored silhouette, with a focus on textured fabrics and unusual prints.
You can find out more about Fay Tellaoui and her designs here.
The exhibition, Faith, fashion, fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia is at the Powerhouse Museum until February 2013.
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