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Scarf, Banned scarf

This is a Scarf. It was designed by Céline Semaan Vernon and made for Slow Factory.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco as part of Contemporary Muslim Fashions.

It is dated 2017. Its medium is printed cotton and silk. It is a part of the department.


In 2017, Brooklyn-based fashion label Slow Factory partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to create a collection of garments that responded to President Donald Trump's immigration ban on several Muslim-majority countries. Using open data and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellite images, Vernon created a scarf with the word “Banned” across the night sky over the Middle East, where many of the prohibited countries are located.

It is credited Courtesy of Slow Factory.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions.

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