This object is currently on display in room 302 as part of Contemporary Muslim Fashions. See our image rights statement.

 

Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.

2017

  • Work on this object began.

2019

2020

Photograph, Al-Kouture: Chanel #VII from the series Al-Kouture

This is a Photograph. It was photographed by Wesaam Al-Badry.

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.

Its medium is archival pigment print on paper.

Born in Iraq, photographer Wesaam Al-Badry and his family fled their home country for a Saudi Arabian refugee camp at the beginning of the Gulf War before relocating to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1994. His work is often inspired by the disconnect he felt between his experiences in the Middle East and Middle America. In the series Al-Kouture, he refashions silk scarves by prominent European brands into niqabs. As he explains, “Al-Kouture . . . reveals the tension between . . . Western consumerism and its influence on the traditional Muslim culture. [It] plays with symbolism and the impact of globalization and explores the possibilities of assimilation in a vast polarized world.”

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