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Arab Fashion and Identity
The Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibition showcases the diversity of Arab and Muslim fashion styles and highlights Arab participation in the global and regional fashion industry. Join Cooper Hewitt for an engaging discussion about fashion and identity in the Arab world and diaspora, moderated by consulting exhibition curator Reina Lewis. Panelists include women’s rights advocate and scholar Dr. Lina Abirafeh; rapper Mona Haydar, whose music video "Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab)" went viral in 2017; and designer, writer, and advocate Céline Semaan, founder of Slow Factory.

This conversation will explore the role of style and appearance in the cultural life of the multi-faith Arab global population and the politics of looking Arab or being presumed to be Arab and/or Muslim in different locations in the U.S. and around the world. Drawing from their powerful experiences of melding creativity with activism to challenge gender-based discrimination and to call out Islamophobia, speakers will reflect on the diversity and significance of expressing Arab identity through fashion, music, and visual culture.

This free program will feature a moderated panel discussion followed by an audience Q&A hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation, please email us at CHEducation@si.edu or let us know when registering.

Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions live for the Q&A portion. If you would like to submit a question in advance, please email CHEducation@si.edu. Due to time constraints, please note that all questions may not be answered.

May 25, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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