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Spotted in Cairo: Revealing Women’s Clothing Store Mannequins

Date: August 15, 2014 Author: busari Categories: News


The Islamic stipulation for women to dress modestly and “cover their jewels” does not apply to the garish and sometimes freakishly human mannequins on display in the shop windows of downtown Cairo. As protests and counter protests continue over Egypt’s draft constitution, which goes to national referendum December 15, it’s tempting to see parts of the debate over religious and secular rights reflected in the way the mannequins are draped and posed—and something haunting in the fixed gazes that can seem confident, playful, and reflective.

Mannequins in the Al-Mohatajiba boutique, a store selling fashion abayas.