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Eye On Design: Burkini By Aheda Zanetti

All Photos By Gail

The Burkini is an amalgamation of two different garments: the Burqa, a garment covering the face and body worn by Muslim women, and the two-piece Bikini bathing suit. Australian designer Aheda Zanetti designed the Burkini — trademarking it as the Burqini — in the early 2000’s to help her niece participate in school sports and beach culture, while adhering to Islamic modesty tenets. The ensemble combines loose leggings and a roomy tunic top with an attached, close-fitting head covering; colored stripes or transfers decorate the bust to further camouflage the body’s shape. The Burkini has proved popular not only with Muslim women but also with women from other cultural and religious backgrounds who feel disenchanted by other forms of swimwear, are concerned with modesty from other perspectives, or who wear it as a precaution against sun exposure.

Burkini Headpiece Detail
Burkini Headpiece Detail

Burkini Installation View

The Burkini has bean a lightning rod for larger tensions between Islamic and Western cultures. Since August 2016, following a terrorist attack in Nice, for example, some cities in southern France banned the garment on public beaches.

Photographed as Part of the Exhibit, Items: Is Fashion Modern, on View Through January 28th, 2018 at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Shark Attack Swim Suit!

Shark Attack Bathing Suit

Ouch! Talk about a conversation piece on the beach! The Sharkini one piece swim suit by Bad Aby Designs is made to order and sells for $100 (rush orders are available for an additional $50). Features include leatherette “teeth” trim and one chain strap, with molded foam bust cups sewn in. With the turn around time at approximately 3-4 weeks (based on their current volume of orders) it’s almost too late in the summer to get this rad suit in time for Beach season, at least here in NY, but there’s always next year! Visit This Link to order yours!