Meeting through Modesty

MA in Costume Studies

Meeting through Modesty

Outrageous runway spectacles and sexualized media messages highlight tension between fashion and modesty.  But for millions of consumers there's no contradiction.  This afternoon symposium features designers, journalists and scholars in a conversation about Modest Fashion - not just modesty in dress for religious reasons, but modesty in fashionable dress.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

New York University

Program Schedule
Welcome: Nancy Deihl – Director, NYU Costume Studies

Introduction: Daniel James Cole – NYU Costume Studies faculty and organizer of Meeting Through Modesty

Keynote Speaker: Michelle Honig – Journalist (, who often writes on the intersection of modesty and fashion

Featured Speaker: Dian Pelangi – Designer of high-end modest fashion, based in Jakarta with 14 boutiques across Southeast Asia

Panel Discussion with Michelle HonigDian Pelangi and additional panelists:Lynn Bakri – Singapore-based designer of the label Jane Watson offering both plus-size and modest fashion apparel; Eve Emanuel  Owner and designer, More Than Just Figleaves, a Brooklyn-based company specializing in modest fashion and doing local production; Dr. Ann Shafer – Adjunct Instructor, History of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology, who through her research and personal clothing choices participates in modest fashion; Ya'ara Keydar – Moderator, independent scholar and curator

 With real-time social media coverage by Malky Weichbrod – Orthodox Jewish fashion blogger, “My Therapist Told Me to Write a Fashion Blog” 

With the participation of Melanie Elturk – Haute Hijab

 Q&A Session

 Closing Reception, 6th Floor

 Organized by the MA Costume Studies Program, NYU Steinhardt. Ms. Pelangi's participation has been made possible by generous sponsorship from Wardah Beauty Cosmetics. This project is supported in part by a grant from the New York University Arts Council. With special thanks to the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia and NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions.

Photo Credit: Dian Pelangi collection, 2016.

Speaker Bios can be found here.

This event is free and open to the public.  Advanced registration is required.
For information: 



The Villager 

New York Times


My Therapist Told Me to Write a Fashion Blog