Creative Design: Graduate

Islamic Feminist Fashion: An Oxymoronic Embodiment

  • Zahra Falsafi (Iowa State University)


In Iran, a Muslim country, women’s fashion must follow a modest aesthetic in public. However, some women in Iran seek to reject these philosophies in the public sphere and embrace a more liberal perspective. In this design, I aimed to empower Muslim women, challenge traditional Islamic dress codes, and create a space within the fashion market that respects Muslim perspectives while offering contemporary and fashionable choices. Specifically, I honored Muslim traditions by drawing inspiration from the traditional dress of the Evaz people, who reside in an Iranian southern city; I examined their intricate wedding dress called Rakht Goshad that is a long-standing tradition in the community. Through a careful consideration of color, texture, silhouette, and detailing, I crafted the garment to balance modesty and fashion-forward aesthetics.

Keywords: Dress, Culture, Iran, Tradition

How to Cite:

Falsafi, Z., (2024) “Islamic Feminist Fashion: An Oxymoronic Embodiment”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
27 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed