Reina Lewis

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Reina Lewis
OccupationArt historian
Notable work
Muslim Fashion: Contemporary Style Cultures

Reina Lewis (born 1963)[1] is a British art historian and author. She is currently a Professor of Cultural Studies at the London College of Fashion at the University of the Arts London.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Lewis was born in northeast London. She studied fine art at the University of Leeds.[1]


Lewis' research has focused upon postcolonial history, Middle Eastern and Ottoman women's history, gender studies and studies of other minority groups.[3] Her 2015 book Muslim Fashion focused on over ten years of research into the subject, in particular the use of the hijab as a fashion statement.[4][5] The launch of the book was combined with a London College of Fashion panel discussion on "Muslim Fashion: recent histories, future directions".[6] In 2016, she was an introducer for the foundation of the British Asian Fashion Network.[7] Lewis has written for the New York Times, The Guardian, The Times and Marie Claire magazine, and has featured on BBC Radio 4.[8]


  • Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity and Representation (1995) ISBN 0415124905
  • Rethinking Orientalism: Women, Travel and the Ottoman Harem (2004) ISBN 1860647308
  • Gender, Modernity & Liberty: Middle Eastern and Western Women's Writings: A Critical Sourcebook (2006) ISBN 9781860649578
  • The poetics and politics of place: Ottoman Istanbul and British orientalism (2011) ISBN 9780295991108
  • Modest fashion: styling bodies, mediating faith. Dress Cultures (2013) ISBN 9781780763828
  • Muslim Fashion: Contemporary Style Cultures (2015) ISBN 978-0-8223-5914-2
  • Uncovering Modesty: Dejabis and Dewigies Expanding the Parameters of the Modest Fashion Blogosphere (2015) ISSN 1362-704X



  1. ^ a b c Elmes, John (5 November 2015). "Interview with Reina Lewis". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Reina Lewis: Is 2015 the year the mainstream woke up to Muslim fashion?". University of the Arts London. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Professor Reina Lewis". University of the Arts London. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  4. ^ Sadar, Claire (28 February 2016). "Book Review: Muslim Fashion by Reina Lewis". Muftah. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Book review: Muslim Fashion: Contemporary Style Cultures by Reina Lewis". University of Strathclyde. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Muslim Fashion: recent histories, future directions". New Asian Post. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Mani Kohli brings the British Asian Fashion industry together at BAFN". New Asian Post. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Professor Reina Lewis". Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 February 2017.