Kent State University Museum Announces New Exhibition: “Sukeina: The Light of Omar Salam”

KENT, OHIO – The Kent State University Museum is honored to host the first museum exhibition in the United States dedicated to the work of the brand Sukeina founded by Omar Salam. The exhibit will open Friday, February 16 and will continue until Sunday, June 2.

“We are especially proud to present the exquisite designs by Omar who was inducted into the KSU School of Fashion Design and Merchandising Hall of Fame in 2023. The exhibition celebrates the close partnerships of the KSU Museum and the School of Fashion and is a rich opportunity for students and visitors to deepen their connection with Omar's unique vision,” said Museum Director Sarah J. Rogers.

While his family’s origins go back to Senegal in West Africa, Salam lived around Europe before coming to New York City to study at Parsons School of Design for a degree in fashion. He originally planned to study film but realized that he would be more effective telling the intricate, vibrant stories he sought to tell through fashion.

Salam began his career working for Sonia Rykiel in Paris then becoming visual director for the New York office. He spent seven years with Rykiel before joining Christian Lacroix in 2010. Salam launched his own brand in 2012 which he named Sukeina after his mother. The word means “bright light.” As he describes it “Light is what reconciles us with the value of everything, and without it, all goes missing.”

Sukeina is driven by Salam’s commitment to make women look and feel special. His designs feature clean lines but also intricate hand crafting. Many of his pieces incorporate silk fringe tied by hand onto a ground of lace and mesh. He also creates stunning origami-like pieces of dimensionally folded neoprene. His designs at once obscure and reveal the woman’s form. The exhibition showcases looks from many of his collections, bearing evocative names such as Rise, Hue, Miracle, Bloom and Cardinal.

Designer Sponsor:  Linda Harper 

Atelier Sponsors:  Geneva Damron in memory of Derek Damron, KSU School of Fashion Design & Merchandising

Image credits: Photographer Reberto Ligresti, Fashion Director Dimeji Alara, Model Coco Rocha 


The Kent State University Museum is located at 515 Hilltop Drive, at the corner of East Main Street and South Lincoln Street in Kent, Ohio. It features more than 29,000 pieces in its collection, amassed from many generous donors. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the museum or in advance through the museum’s online ticketing service.

Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children ages 5 to 18. The museum is free for children under 5 and for those with a Kent State ID. Sunday admission is free for all ages. Parking is free for all museum attendees. Patrons should use the allotted museum spaces in the Rockwell Hall parking lot. For more information, please call 330-672-3450 or visit

POSTED: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 04:10 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2024 09:22 AM