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The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie

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The most outrageous and exuberant lingerie in the world comes from a place you’d probably never expect: Syria. Adorned with everything from faux fur, artificial flowers, and feathered birds to plastic toy cell phones, these intimates flash lights, play music, even vibrate. By documenting the lingerie culture of Syria, The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie reveals a previously unknown side of Arabic design, fashion and sexuality.

In Damascus and Aleppo, approximately 200 lingerie companies vie for a highly competitive domestic market, where styles change from season to season. The lingerie forms part of the popular traditions surrounding marriage for the country’s Muslims. Despite traditionally closed and religious nature of Syrian society, the revealing lingerie is sold openly in the souks or alongside bridal gowns and bathrobes in dedicated women’s clothing stores.



The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie sheds light on social more of Syrians, both Christian and Muslim, thereby questioning western preconceptions about Islam. The book also celebrates other design aspects of Syria from traditional textiles in regards to fashion and textiles and imagery of women in traditional illustrations, prints and popular packaging.

With contributions by Ammar Abdulhamid, Malu Halasa, Noura Kevorkian, and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie Photographic essays by Iman Ibrahim, Gilbert Hage, Omar Al-Moutem, Wael Hmeida, Reine Mahfouz, Issa Touma.

The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie.
Intimacy and Design
Edited by Malu Halasa and Rana Salam


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