Have you ever considered fashion and religion as being relevant to each other? They might just be more relevant than you think, and in the recent past they’ve been mixed in the fashion world in several ways: from high couture to ready-to-wear and especially in contemporary trends.
If we go back a year, to spring 2013, we’ll find that Dolce & Gabbana presented their outstanding fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection that was highly influenced by religion: Sicily’s Cathedral of Monreale’s Byzantine and Venetian mosaics, to be exact. Several of their dresses displayed intricate mosaic designs found in the cathedral. Everything down to the last detail, like shoe designs and bags, was influenced by these religious artworks. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana did a fantastic job in piecing everything together. Personally, within the entire collection, my favorite pieces were the cardinal red dresses along with some of the shoes throughout the show.
Now, if we fast forward to this spring, for fall 2014, some religious influence was seen in the KTZ collection, as well as in the Thomas Browne’s runway show and collection. KTZ took a more subtle approach with several robe-like and hooded pieces. As for Thom Browne, his runway show was like being in a church, filled with pews. The Chelsea loft transformation was quite impressive. When it came down to the runway looks, the models looked like a trendy bunch of nuns in long robes and white veils or in billowy sleeved coats and voluptuous forming skirts. The majority of the collection had a monochromatic color palette with the exception of the gilded gold pieces.
If we take it into the streets, religion has risen in contemporary trends. Iconography, symbols and religious influence are seen in clothing and accessories, and even in tattoos, if you consider body art as a part of the street fashion world. Although it might no longer be at the epitome of its popularity, due to spring bringing along brightly colored prints, religious influence is still visible. The cross print has been one I’ve loved, but again, with spring on its way, I doubt it’ll be a trend I’ll really keep around.
So are the two really relevant? If you really think about it – yes, they can be. The two are globally recognized. In the fashion world you have several styles and looks that can be considered fashionable, while being completely different. At the end of the day though, the ultimate goal is to make a statement with what you wear and how you wear it. Same can be said about religion. There are several religions that are practiced differently, yet each is spiritual in its own. The end purpose? To have faith in God, no matter how you worship him. Now, will these trends actually stick around? I’m going to say that they’ll slowly start to fade and blend in with the several new trends and prints that are coming up this spring and summer.
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