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Mediating Modesty: Disscussion, Session Four

15 June 11

Mediating Modesty: Fashioning Faithful Bodies

Discussion at the symposium held at the London College of Fashion on 15th June 2011. The event was hosted by the research project, part of the Religion and Society Programme, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences Research Councils.

Session Four discussion, chaired by Linda Woodhead, with panellists Shellie Slade [founder of ModBod], Hana Tajima-Simpson [designer and co-founder of Maysaa.com], and Reina Lewis.

Linda Woodhead began by asking whether the speakers’ personal beliefs had made a difference to their enterprises. Discussion then covered the crossover of faith backgrounds in customers using these sites; the styles of modelling used to portray fashion items; the use of social networking and blogs as forms of having a web presence; more on the 

partnership with mainstream retailing outlets; distinctions between sexiness and beauty; sexuality as expressed in the public and private domains; and the wearing of religiously modest clothing as a form of moral declaration.

[The audience was invited to join in making comments and putting questions to the speakers following each session of the symposium. For technical reasons the quality of the recorded sound is poorer than in the main conference addresses.] 34.48

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