San Francisco’s de Young museum presented a paradigm-busting show titled ‘Contemporary Muslim Fashions’ that opened September 22, 2018 and closed Januaryn 6, 2019. The exhibit challenged museum-goers to “explore the rich diversity of one of the fastest-growing fashion sectors today” — modest fashion.
In an examination of Muslim dress codes worldwide, trom those who cover their heads to those who do not, the exhibit sought to draw attention to contemporary Muslim life.
The exhibit has now moved to the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt. artNet writes that there were protests weeks before the exhibition even opened. An unlikely alliance of second-wave feminists, the far right, and self-proclaimed secular immigrants gathered to protest the headscarf — or hijab — on view in several exhibits as “an instrument of oppression against women’. Condemning the show as “propaganda” for Islamism and a “blast” against feminists, a small group protested “what they deemed a glorification of an oppressive tool and interrupted the opening ceremonies with an attempted slutwalk” at last week’s opening ceremony.