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2018

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2020

2022

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Swim Top And Pants, Burkini swim top and pants

This is a Swim top and pants. It was designed by Aheda Zanetti and made for Ahiida Pty. Ltd..

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco as part of Contemporary Muslim Fashions.

It is dated 2018. Its medium is polyester, spandex. It is a part of the department.

Aheda Zanetti was early to the market for full-coverage swimwear, launching in 2004. She coined the term “burkini”—a combination of burqa and bikini—which quickly garnered the world’s positive and negative attention. When asked to respond to the 2016 efforts to ban the burkini in parts of France, Zanetti expressed shock that something that encourages sport and health is so controversial. She questioned, “This has given women freedom, and they want to take that freedom away?”

It is credited Courtesy of Aheda Zanetti, Ahiida Burqini Swimwear/Australia .

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions.

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