Yasmine Yeya, founder and creative director of Maison Yeya, and Darnell-Jamal Lisby, assistant curator of fashion
Free; tickets required
Join couture fashion designer Yasmine Yeya and the CMA’s assistant curator of fashion, Darnell-Jamal Lisby, for a discussion on ancient Egypt’s influence on contemporary fashion. Yeya will discuss her experience as founder and creative director of the luxury fashion house Maison Yeya as well as how living in Egypt has inspired her work, some of which will be on display in the exhibition.
Born in 1981 to an Egyptian father and a mother of French descent, Yasmine Yeya began sewing with utmost intricacy at the early age of seven as she learned couture from her mother and grandmother. Born and raised as Egyptian, Yeya’s work naturally reflects the modern Egyptian woman that is independent, strong, and seductive; in a modern patriarchal culture, the Egyptian woman still preserves the aura of her ancestors, including the strong Hatshepsut, the beautiful queen Nefertiti, and the symbol of seduction, Cleopatra.
This event is organized in conjunction with the CMA exhibition Egyptomania: Fashion’s Conflicted Obsession.