Langston Hues, the Detroit-based photographer, is coming to Dubai as part of a world tour for a fashion shoot featuring style-conscious women with a focus on “modest” attire. The 25-year-old Hues plans to collate the images into a book, titled Modest Street Fashion, which is set for release by the end of the year.
The young artist has already conducted street shoots in several other cities including Chicago, London, Brussels and Amsterdam.
“My book is not just about Muslim fashion, but about modest fashion trends,” says Hues. “It will include faith-driven fashion designers, bloggers and a large number of their followers who dress modestly but are stylish at the same time.”
Hues’s first tryst with “modest fashion” was in 2008 when, on his blog titled Seeking Nearness, he wrote about creative professionals and their work on lifestyle and spirituality.
“That was when I realised that faith, fashion and spirituality could work together beautifully,” Hues says. He took the blog offline after a while, but not before it had attracted several hijabi bloggers and writers who wanted him to photograph them.
By 2013, Hues decided to put all the extra, unused images into a book. In September last year, he decided to tour the world for a wider variety of subjects, and began with a trip to New York, where he met with hijabistas and set up his first shoot.
Hues says Dubai, with its sophisticated blend of traditional and contemporary, was the first choice in his quest to connect with cities in the Middle East; next on the list is Kuwait.
Women around the world who want to be part of his book can contact Hues through his Facebook and Instagram pages, and he alerts them when he is in their city. Hues says that he shortlists women who cleverly blend ideas from the streets with their own sense of style.
Besides a collection of images, Modest Street Fashion will also feature the participants’ views and opinions on related fashion trends and their evolution. What it will not have is a stern stance, Hues says, adding: “I’m not here to change mindsets about how people should dress; I’m here solely to document a trend.”
via The National.