Muslim women’s style on display at WA Museum

Muslim fashion bloggers Delina Darusman-Gala and Mya Arifin with a group of friends. Photo: Marinco Kojdanovski. © Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Muslim fashion bloggers Delina Darusman-Gala and Mya Arifin with a group of friends. Photo: Marinco Kojdanovski. © Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

An exhibition showcasing Muslim women’s contemporary fashion will open at the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton this week.

Faith Fashion Fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia focuses on an emerging modest fashion market and the work of Australian Muslim designers and entrepreneurs.

A group of well-respected Australian Muslim women also share their experiences of faith and fashion, including three Geraldton women.

WA Museum – Geraldton Manager Leigh O’Brien said Faith Fashion Fusion will help people better understand the diversity of women in the community.

“While most Muslims are Australian born, their families come from more than 70 different countries,” she said.

“Visitors will see a range of modest fashion from the famous Burqini, to denim, to red carpet dresses.

“It is interesting that many of the designs have broader appeal for women looking for longer, looser fitting fashionable clothing.”

The exhibition was developed in consultation with a wide range of individuals, including those from Australian Muslim communities and organisations.

“I am so pleased three Geraldton women have agreed to be part of this exhibition,” Ms O’Brien said.

“They are all Muslim, but their experiences and fashion choices are all very different.”

Faith Fashion Fusion is a travelling exhibition from Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.

It opens at the WA Museum – Geraldton 13 December until 1 March 2015.

The exhibition will then move to the WA Museum’s Kalgoorlie and Albany sites, and then to the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

For more information visit http://museum.wa.gov.au/museums/geraldton/faith-fashion-fusion-muslim-womens-style-australia