Sanaz Fotouhi spoke at the Hawkesbury Library as part of History Week 2012.
Today Iranian women’s dress is a subject of great interest for t hose outside Iran. While the chador, the all-enveloping black cloak, has for the West become the essence of Iranian women’s fashion, Iranian women’s clothing has evolved greatly over the last century. In fact, socio-cultural and political forces have been so important in shaping Iranian women’s dress codes and fashion, that they have pushed the way women dress from one extreme to another. While, for example, Reza Khan’s modernization in early 1900s, forcefully unveiled women, the Islamic revolution of 1979 forcefully re-veiled women. In between, Iranian women have been influenced by high couture European fashion and Western popular culture, while having to ascertain to specific publically accepted dress codes. Yet, the reality of what is worn outdoors and indoors remains worlds apart. This talk, takes the viewer on a casual, visual tour of Iranian women’s fashion over the last century.
Sanaz Fotouhi has a great interest in Iranian women's fashion. She has a collection of historic Persian clothes and jewellery, mainly from what is now the Afghanistan region and has previously talked about Iranian women's clothes and fashion in the Middle East Art Gallery in Tehran. As an academic, Sanaz is in the midst of creating a visually fun book about my collection which combines visuals with history.
Brought to you by the History Council of NSW as part of the History Week 2012 Speaker Connect program in partnership with the Royal Australian Historical Society and proudly supported by the Copyright Agency Limited and the Your Community Heritage Program.
Created by James Brettell for the History Council of NSW.
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