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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host Rethinking Iran launch event, “Ctrl + Alt + Fashion: Manufacturing Iranian Identity,” featuring the work of fashion designer and visual artist Hushidar Mortezaie, April 18 in Washington, DC

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host an art and fashion show, “Ctrl + Alt + Fashion: Manufacturing Iranian Identity,” with Iranian fashion designer and visual artist Hushidar Mortezaie on April 18. This is the launch event for Rethinking Iran, a new, year-long initiative which will mark the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution with a series of events offering fresh perspectives of the revolution’s cultural, societal, and political consequences.
During the event, Mortezaie will present some of his work in a live fashion show featuring more than a dozen models. His designs have been worn on stages and sets by Beyonce´, Brad Pitt, Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna, and Britney Spears. The event will also feature an installation of some of artwork.
Time and Date
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney-Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting 'Media' at the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Please note: Hushidar Mortezaie will be available for interviews following the event.
Media Contact
Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620 office
+1 (202) 422-2652 mobile
[email protected]
About the Artist
Hushi Mortezaie is an Iranian fashion designer and visual artist based in California. He explores gender, imperialism, celebrity, consumerism, and politics through an array of artistic media. Mortezaie was born in Tehran before immigrating to the Bay Area in 1975. He works with textiles, fashion, paint, and graphic design. Mortezaie draws upon his Iranian and Muslim roots to convey that one's clothing can signify defiance and strength, yet also demonstrate stereotype and control. Intended to inspire Iranian American immigrants to take pride in their culture, his pioneering work helped prompt a rise in Middle Eastern and Islamic motifs in fashion throughout the 1990's.
About Rethink Iran
Rethinking Iran is a new, year-long series of events exploring the cultural, societal, and political consequences of the 1979 Revolution. The initiative will present an in-depth view of modern Iranian culture and society by offering insights from artists, journalists, academics, and other subject-matter experts alongside hot-button geopolitical issues. The series is directed by Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies Narges Bajoghli and Senior Advisor to the Dean Shamila N. Chaudhary and is sponsored by the Office of the Dean and The Big Picture of the Foreign Policy Institute.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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