The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie The most traditional Syrian women are shrouded in burkas when they shop in the souks, where they buy some of the most astonishing and beautiful… The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie The most traditional Syrian women are shrouded in burkas when they shop in the souks, where they buy some of the most astonishing and beautiful… 2008-09-03 Nonfiction Women's Studies Chronicle Books
Book Review

The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie (2008)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 03, 2008; Writers: Malu Halasa, Rana Salam; Genres: Nonfiction, Women's Studies; Publisher: Chronicle Books

The most traditional Syrian women 
are shrouded in burkas when they shop in the souks, where they buy some of the most astonishing and beautiful underwear in the world. 
 Journalist Malu Halasa and designer Rana Salam show Westerners the opulent bra-and-panty sets, which put red latex, plastic flowers, and toy cell phones in places where most women prefer breathable cotton. For some Middle Eastern wives, the over-the-top lingerie is a rare chance for sexual expression; 
for others, a desperate defense against straying husbands. Though the reporting fascinates, it's The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie's photos of spectacular skivvies that will spark 
 debate on gender politics (and taste). B+

Originally posted Sep 23, 2008 Published in issue #1014 Oct 03, 2008 Order article reprints