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THE DRESSMAKERS, a feature-length documentary, contrasts the slow pace of artisanal clothes-making with the fast pace of the competitive textiles industry in Morocco, inviting a re-examination of the values represented by the clothing that people wear.
2013 Documentary Feature Award UFVA

Directed by Shara K. Lange

Director of Photography--Daniel H. VanZant

Editor--Jeremy Dehn

Sound Design & Mix--Korey Pereira

Illustrations--Beth Frey

Translations--Simo Ouazzani, Sumayya Ahmed and Hamadouche Beticha

Production Assistance--Anita Prewett, Javier Bonafont, and Joanna Rabiger.

 

Production support:

Fulbright Grant, MACECE & the American Institute of Maghreb Studies.

 

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Fashions by Salima Abdel-Wahab

Fashions by Salima Abdel-Wahab

From her line, Fashion Chic, presented at Festimode in Casablanca.

Ready-to-wear Assembly

Ready-to-wear Assembly

Factories in Tangier and Casablanca hire many women to assemble clothes for export.

Factory owner, Fouad Bildi

Factory owner, Fouad Bildi

Factories in Tangier and Casablanca create inexpensive clothes for export, mostly to Europe.

Festimode, Casablanca

Festimode, Casablanca

The Festimode fashion show features fashion and art by Moroccans.

Abdsalam Sbari, Tailor

Abdsalam Sbari, Tailor

Abdsalam owns and operates Ouazzane Tailors.

Abdsalam in his shop.

Abdsalam in his shop.

Abdsalam and countless tailors like him make clothes for Moroccans, especially caftans and djellabas.

Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca, Morocco

Many tourists visit Fez and the Sahara, but are less familiar with the scintillating urban cultures of Morocco.