Saturday 17 November 2012
Discover the modest fashionistas at the forefront of a burgeoning fashion market in Australia, as we spring into a new summer season of style. Dress up and take part in a fun day of fashion talks, workshops and demonstrations at the Powerhouse for one day only!
Meet and hear talks by a vibrant group of Sydney-based entrepreneurs who are designing and selling clothes to a growing number of Muslim (and non-Muslim women) who want to dress fashionably, while still expressing their faith.
Learn the different ways that the hijab can be worn and creatively tied.
Explore the tradition of the mehendi - from adorning brides’ hands to creating hip, temporary tattoos on arms and bellies - while an artist creates a contemporary mehendi design for you!
Don’t also miss Faith, fashion, fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia, which presents a refreshing look at the fashion and lives of Australian Muslim women who are creatively merging culture with couture.
The full program of events for Modest Fashionistas Big Day Out follows:
Conversations with designers, fashion bloggers and Muslim personalities
Hear and meet a range of fashion entrepreneurs, commentators and personalities from the Muslim community who will talk about their personal experiences, challenges and achievements in a series of 15-minute conversations! Speakers and appearance times are:
10.30am-10.45am - Mona Marabani was born in Lebanon and came to Australia with her mother and father in her teens. She is currently completing her Masters in Islamic Studies at Charles Sturt University and teaches the Qur’an at Lakemba Mosque in Sydney.
11.30am-11.45am - Tarik Houchar is the owner of Hijab House with retail outlets in Bankstown Centro, Stockland Merrylands and online. He specialises in dresses, abayas and a gorgeous range of scarves.
12.30pm-12.45pm – Sisters Howayda Moussa and Hanadi Chehab are designer-retailers at Integrity Boutique in Bankstown Centro specialising in modest evening and formal wear aimed at both Muslim and non-Muslim women.
1.30pm-1.45pm - Kath Fry and Eisha Saleh design for online modest fashion label baraka . Sourcing high quality fabrics and prints they translate high fashion trends into more modest styles.
2.30pm-2.45pm - Mecca Laalaa works as a health promotion officer in schools. In 2006 she became the first Muslim women surf lifesaver in Australia and in 2009 walked the Kokoda Track.
3.30pm-3.45pm - Fashion designer Fay Tellaoui’s eponymous boutique is on South Terrace Bankstown. Fay works with the traditional form of the abaya redesigned with a more fashionable silhouette and a focus on drape and textured fabrics.
All talks will be held in the Faith, fashion, fusion exhibition, level 2.
Mehendi artist tattoos (Faith, fashion, fusion exhibition, level 2)
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm
Idil Abdullahi is a ceramic and henna artist who came to Australia with her family as a refugee from Somalia in 1993. In this session Idil will be creating unique & stylish henna art to adorn the body while sharing some of the traditions and histories that are connected with this timeless art. No bookings necessary, just turn up!
Hijab tying workshop (Faith, fashion, fusion exhibition, level 2)
10.45am-11.15am, 11.45am-12.15pm and 12.45pm-1.15pm
Sydney’s first Muslim fashion bloggers, Mya Arifin and Delina Darusman-Gala, who are passionate about fashion will hold a series of 1/2 hour hijab workshops. They will demonstrate the diverse fabrics that can be used and the creative ways that the hijab can be tied to create a unique fashion statement! No bookings necessary, just turn up!
Hijab tying workshop (private room, level 5)
2.30pm-3pm and 3.30pm-4pm
Two Hijab workshops led by Mya Arifin and Delina Darusman-Gala will be held in a private Museum room, away from public view, for groups of up to 30 women. Bookings essential. (link required from Helen)