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Modest Fashion Launch Event

25 May 10

Tuesday 25th May 2010 Panel discussion: Faith-based Fashion and Internet Retail- To what extent has internet shopping become an important tool for those who want to combine fashion with faith? How is modesty defined in different faith communities? And how far are religious identities and appearances being re-shaped through the market?

These are just some of the questions that are arising in relation to increased participation in modest fashion. LCF Professor of Cultural Studies Reina Lewis and Dr Emma Tarlo, Reader in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, invite you to a special event to mark the launch of a new AHRC/ESRC funded research project on modest fashion.

With increasing numbers of women choosing to dress modestly due to their religious beliefs, a distinguished panel will discuss whether a new market is emerging for consumers from different faith groups. In addition, they will explore the potential impact for inter-faith dialogue of these shared dress practices among Muslim, Jewish, and Christian women.

Joining Reina and Emma in the consideration of these important questions will be LCF Visiting Professor Annelies Moors, Professor of contemporary Muslim societies at the department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Amsterdam, and principal investigator of an international NORFACE research programme on 'The emergence of Islamic fashion in Europe', and Professor Niloofar Haeri, Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, and author of Sacred Language, Ordinary People: Dilemmas of Culture and Politics, currently studying comparative concepts of modesty in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

We invite you to the panel discussion, followed by a reception to celebrate the start of the new Religion and Society Phase 3 project and the launch of Emma Tarlo's book Visibly Muslim: Fashion, Politics, Faith.

Panel: 5.30 pm

Reception: 7.00 - 8.45 pm


There is no charge for this event, but booking is essential: please email research@fashion.arts.ac.uk.

Please contact us in advance if you may need assistance to leave the building in an emergency.


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