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Framed by WDET: Competition

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Image credit: Kenny Karpov

The Dress Show” highlights local entrepreneurs as they compete in a niche Hamtramck garment industry.

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Helal Ahmed, Dress Shop OwnerKenny Karpov
Kenny Karpov

Helal Ahmed, Dress Shop Owner

Framed by WDET is an audio-visual project featuring stories of communities who have a rich legacy in and around Detroit, but are often under- or misrepresented in the media and arts. 

In The Dress Show, storyteller Courtney Hurtt and photographer Kenny Karpov highlight the competitive market of dress shops in the city of Hamtramck. Each shop owner shares in common their style of merchandise– Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi cultural wear. Through colorful portraits of people with their garments and conversations with the local shop owners, The Dress Show illuminates the challenges of being an entrepreneur.

To hear more, click the audio player above. 

The photographs from The Dress Show are now on display at Mimi’s Bistro in Grosse Pointe Park. Check them out for yourself. 

Mimi’s Bistro is one of the five locations where you can view work from the Framed by WDET photo collection. See where you can find the other photos at framedbywdet.org/exhibitions.


Erin Allen, Content Producer, Framed by WDET

Erin Allen is a Content Producer with Framed by WDET. Allen is a foodie, yogi and world explorer.


Framed by WDET 101.9 FM

This post is a part of Framed by WDET 101.9 FM.

A series of traveling audio-visual exhibitions that integrate photography and audio storytelling to present the stories of ethnic and cultural communities throughout the Detroit region. Produced by WDET 101.9 FM.

Supported by individual contributions, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and our series sponsors.



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