Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

Conservative Clothing
Pauline Hotelier

Conservative Muslim clothing has been misinterpreted by the western world since its first interactions with the culture. It has resulted in linking the stereotypical image of Muslims to the idea of gender oppression and terror. However, the meaning behind the hijab and burka has little to do with events and sentiments shown in media.

The idea of wearing the hijab, abaya, or burka as a personal cover originates from the same way other religions approach it: as a sense of protection. However, nowhere in the Quran does it actually oblige one to wear such covering—rather, this idea grew as a cultural convention over years. The intention of covering is to stay protected, appropriate, and respectful by wearing loose clothes to avoid attention drawn to oneself. Its optional observance is not the case in all countries—in Saudi Arabia and Iran the hijab is obligatory by state law. Recently strictures have begun to loosen and women now beginning to actively personalize their cover. The desire of Muslim women to express their personality can be seen in events such as Dubai Modest Fashion Week and the release of workout gear from companies such as Nike that shows a drive towards individualism.

This project uses video to demonstrate how some women interact with this tradition, accepting parts and applying pressures to others, to define themselves and a the continuing development of clothing as an element of their self-expression.

Maxine Joy Almendra

Daniela Al-Saleh

Amon Dario Appelt

Shruti Ashok

Whitney Badge

Jaire Berkel

Ingrid Bonetti

Victoria Boyd

Madison Bozinoff

Malulani Bria

Kaylin Brown

Rachel Brownjohn

Olive Burd

Germán Castellanos Reyes

Madeline Cericola

Vicky Chau

Amber Chen

Victor Chen

Wendy Ching

Connie Chu

Channon Chung

Leonardo Cilmi

Emma T. Conway

Nicole Corso

Qamile Dani

Magdalena de la Torre Suárez

Amanda Ericson

Dan Feldman

Anna Feng

Natalia Flores

Peter Frasco

Lucia Garza

Mariana Gaviria

Mikey Hefez

Adrianna Hinsey

Avinash Hirdaramani

Marielle Holland

Grace Hong

Surkho Shane Hong

Pauline Hotelier

Dylan Hughes

Jiyoung Hwang

Sonali Jain

Andrea S. Jassir

Christina Jenkins

Maria Jessica

Erin Johnston

Javarius Jones

Yea Ji Jung

Rachel Kahn

Anastasia Kharchenko

Jonathan Haojaq Kho

Alexa Kim

Cindy Dawon Kim

Sang Dennis Kim

Somin Kim

Yoonji Kim

Kyungmin Ko

Sidney Law

Kevin Lee

Jane Lee

Matheus Dal Santo Lewis Sage Smith

Kristiana Marcon

Hannah Marshall

Kruti Mehta

Gabriel Mester

Charlotte Miller

Mintra Morrison

Tamir Moses

Kaisha Murzamadiyeva

Thomas Nghia Nguyen

Lanie Nowak

Satoe Onizuka

Steven Orts

Owen Pace

Tatyana Palacios

Herin Park

Olga Pavlova

Luli Peralta-Esquivel

Lindsay Petricca

Constanza Pinto

Shreya Razak

Costanza Reiser

Vincent Riportella

Bateel Saber

Ahana Seth

Cristina Soberon

Rebecca Speiser

Natalia Spotts

Sabrina Steck

JD Stephenson Jr.

Richard Supriano

Eden Tartour

Jissaura Taveras Hernandez

Nathalia Tello Arias

Liz Tsai

Altyn Turdukulova

Amena Tyebji

Gabriela Vieira

Juan Diego Villegas

Yige Wang

Evelyn Wu

Jessie Yao

Crystal Yin

Rebecca Jiayi Zhou