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Uncovering Modesty: Dejabis and Dewigies Expanding the Parameters of the Modest Fashion Blogosphere

Lewis, Reina (2015) Uncovering Modesty: Dejabis and Dewigies Expanding the Parameters of the Modest Fashion Blogosphere. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, 19 (2). pp. 243-270. ISSN 1362704X

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Lewis, Reina

Since the early 2000s modest fashion blogs and social media and related e-commerce have constituted a zone of women-led fashion mediation fostering dialogue within and across faiths and between religious and secular practitioners. Premised on a discourse of modest fashion as individual choice rather than compulsion, modest fashion incorporates style considerations into the quotidian practices of “everyday religion” characterized by blending, syncretism, and contradiction. This article examines how modest fashion discourse responds to the increasing numbers of women who choose to discard what have come to be the key signifiers of religious female modesty in Islam and orthodox Judaism, the hijab and the wig or hat, made prominent online by the wardrobe changes of two transnationally prominent USA-based bloggers, Nina Cohen of 'alltumbledown' and Winnie Détwa of 'winniedetwaland'. Interviews and blog and social media analysis demonstrate that contra mainstream orientalist presumptions that women who remove the veil have been saved from Muslim civilizational alterity, online debates within modest fashion seek to regard these modified forms of self-presentation as widening, rather than quitting, the frame of modest embodiment.

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Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Muslim fashion, Muslim fashion blogging, Orientalism, de-veiling; everyday religion; modern orthodox Jewish fashion
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Bloomsbury Journals (formerly Berg Journals)
Your affiliations with UAL: Other Affiliations > Artscom
Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 1 February 2015
Digital Object Identifier: 10.2752/175174115X14168357992472
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 10:53
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2015 10:53
Item ID: 8027
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/8027

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