Centro Bankstown Retailers Exhibit Muslim Fashion at Museum

The Sydney Powerhouse Museum is dipping its toes into fashion, and three of Centro Bankstown’s leading fashion boutiques have been invited to take part. They’re showing off their unique styles in the exhibition ‘Faith, fashion, fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia’ as of earlier this week.

The exhibition includes clothing, fashion shoots and interviews with Hijab House, Integrity Boutique and Divine Choice, three retailers that specialize in meeting the needs of modern Muslim women. Hijab House has its flagship at Centro Bankstown. It was established by Tarik Houchar as one of the first Australian Muslim women’s fashion retailers to open inside a mainstream shopping centre. Integrity Boutique features evening and formal wear aimed at both Muslim and non-Muslim woman who wants to dress stylishly while remaining modest. And Divine Choice designer Aida Zein specializes in street and casual wear for Muslim women.

The Faith, Fashion, Fusion exhibition explores this emerging fashion market as well as the work of a growing group of Australian clothing brands that design for Muslim women. But it also brings in the history of veiling, discussions around faith fashion and children’s activities.

“The market for these designers is not limited to Muslim women and women of other faiths,” said Glynis Jones, curator of the exhibit, “but any woman who for various reasons may not feel comfortable in the often body-conscious styles currently available, but want looser, fashionable clothing that offers more coverage.”

Centre manager at Centro Bankstown, John Klein said the exhibition offers a wonderful opportunity for these talented designers to reach a wider audience.

“The Powerhouse exhibition not only showcases the diversity and creativity of Muslim women’s style and fashion choices, it also provides an opportunity to talk about themselves and their experiences in the Australian fashion scene and society in general.”

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