The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie

The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie Cover

The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie

Intimacy and Design

By Malu Halasa; Rana Salam; Reine Mahfouz (Photographer)

Chronicle Books (CA), Paperback, 9780811864589, 175pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2008


The most outrageous and exuberant lingerie in the world comes from a place youd 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. Well known across the Middle Eastin Syria the lingerie forms an important part of the folk tradition around trousseaus and weddingsit is openly displayed in the markets and souks. Authors Malu Halasa and Rana Salam have brought together a diverse and dramatic collection of photography and writing, including the voices of Syrian women, celebrating this little-known niche of fashion design in all its playful glory.

About the Author
Malu Halasa has been writing about the Near and Middle East for the Guardian and other publications since the 1990s. She helped to found Tank magazine and was it's features editor for four years.