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Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Harvard University
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Outreach Blog Series: Fashion in the Middle East Region

The Outreach Center is to committed to learning from the diversity of the Middle East region and sharing what we learn. We are launching this blog about fashion to examine how the subject of fashion is being created and re-created in the region. We hope you will enjoy it.

Fashion in the Middle East Region: Casablanca Up-and-Coming

March 27, 2012, by Kerrin Smith

The Internet has redefined fashion just as it has communication and business. In the last ten years, the fashion community has morphed from a seemingly exclusive world of magazine editors and established designers to a greater global community accessible to more people, especially anyone with a computer and an appreciation of style. The Internet has also given rise to a distinct cultural movement: street style.

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Welcome to Fashion in the Middle East Region (an Outreach Blog Series)

January 25, 2012, by Kerrin Smith

I am a photographer, model, and stylist, and am well acquainted with the fashion industry. This year I am also a student in Harvard’s Extension School where I am studying the Middle East and contemporary Muslim communities.

Fashion plays three fundamental roles in my life. It is a form of self-expression, a source of confidence, and a common interest that immediately connects me to other women. In my experience, fashion is an art form that has the power to provide a sense of empowerment and also build community.  As I study the Middle East region, I seek to understand the multifaceted role that fashion plays in the lives of women across the region. "Fashion in the Middle East Region" explores the Middle East region by examining the question, “What is being worn?”

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