I'm doing a CE essay on Fashion and religion (i still haven't narrowed down what my thesis will be exactly, why do designers use religion in their works, or whatever) but I'm looking for collections that have used a lot of religious symbolism or made comments on religion. For example I know i think it was last year a/w there was a designer who had a lot of bur'qas (sp?) in his collection and made comments on world peace and stuff but I can't remember his name. Also their are designers like Imitation of Christ, obviously, who directly have something to do with religion in their name. Anyway any ideas of collections/designers I could look at? I wasn't really sure where to post this topic but here seemed to be the closest to what I was looking for. Thanks!
All Miguel Adrover's collections have influences of Arabic design or streetwear, still I would not go as far as labeling this "religious" . Kaftans seem more 'ethnic' than religious, Prada and gucci did those too.
In contrary, hussein chalayan and even late '80s London scene star rifat ozbec, included 'burga' style haid pieces in their catwalks. Chalayan made news with this collection ( could be 3 years ago? no idea) vivienne tam is also capitalisting heavilly on buddistic images, Gaultier in orange refferences to eastern religion.
the most amazing religious 'looks' are the ones in african tribes and those of the ultra orthodox religious jews.
scull caps, muslim caps, popular yin ang yang inspired motifs burgas, christian nun head dresses, rasta dreadlocks and rastfari bracelets, popular rosery 'beads' also worn as belt tricks, are some of the main -real life- religious 'accessories' .
Dolce and Gabbana has been using Catholic references for years, there was one collection that was inspired partially by priests, another that had the Madonna embroidered and painted onto clothes and of course, the use rosary beads as necklaces all the time.
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Does anybody remember Chanel using a fragment of Coran in their dress (Claudia Schiffer wore it I think) and after protests of their clients Karl had to burn the dress? I can't recall which year it happened.
And of course there is Arkadius who made a lot of Maria "inspired" dresses.
Originally posted by nqth@Jul 10 2004, 12:24 PM Does anybody remember Chanel using a fragment of Coran in their dress (Claudia Schiffer wore it I think) and after protests of their clients Karl had to burn the dress? I can't recall which year it happened.