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Designers Take A Vow

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Is fashion finding religion? For starters, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana play priests in the upcoming musical film Nine. As for the Fall runways, the models at Todd Lynn’s show carried rosary beads and walked to chants; there were cassock coats at Giambattista Valli; and the headgear at Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Fendi recalled medieval wimples. A photo of Grace Jones in a draped hood by Azzedine Alaïa influenced the severe geometry of Bruno Pieters’ collection. “Hers was soft and draped. I wanted to do mine in a constructed way,” the designer explains. “Nuns were not an inspiration—more the result, I think.” Do you say hallelujah or good riddance and amen to the trend? Click for a slideshow and let us know.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

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  1. joaa says:

    I think is great. Even though is just for fashion, nothing real, well not always sometimes. But it looks great. I think it really is interesting.
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  2. NotMod says:

    If you didn’t tell me, I would not have made any association with monastic habits for any of these. Intead, a necessary reincarnation in warmer fabrics of the ‘godess’ folds of late…

  3. roobob says:

    i honestly dont think that any of those were very religious… if those were super-nuns, then so is the rest of the fashion world, today, yesterday, forever…
    however, i like the look if thats what it is…
    but hoods and collars dont always mean religion

  4. grisette says:

    Laird’s association of these looks with ecclesiastical dress is interesting here, because it reveals some hiccups in contemporary notions on the evolution of Western dress. While today, Western dress sees the wearing of veils practiced mainly by brides and members of certain religious orders/sects, actually it is deeply rooted in the history of Western culture for many of the same reasons that is still worn today in Eastern dress. From antiquity through the middle ages Western women veiled as a symbol of their respectable status and to signify their sexual fidelity or chastity. As dress traditions and fashion evolved, hats and hoods fulfilled many of these same culturally imposed constructs. It is not until the 1960s that women en masse went hatless. (Which interestingly, coincides with the development of the Pill.)

    The references in these looks go so much deeper than that of a religious order… to the very foundations of Western civilization and how cloth was a prized possession.

  5. tr_ro says:

    The Bruno Pieters look is absolutely fabulous

  6. Travelfiend says:

    It’s one of those looks that makes an interesting and unique fashion show, but will probably bomb in the retail world should they carry those particular looks over. Jumpsuits, anyone??

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  7. luv2love says:

    i think the slide show is great! the best pix r of alexander mcqueen’s show, and marc jacobs’!

  8. Arthi says:

    It’s an interesting story, not completely sold on the religious inspiration, certainly it is Gothic and not all that different from the way Valentina dressed… she was inspired the Nuns of her early youth…

    I like these guy’s interpretation as well:
    http://nuevemusas.wordpress.com/2009/03/23/space-odyssey-fall-2009/

  9. lottaskeletrix says:

    Great analysis…
    i came to a very close conclusion about menswear fall 09 and called it an holy feel…
    check out :
    http://albanadamsview.blogspot.com/2009/02/menswear-fall-09-holy-feel.html
    Alban

  10. Viola11 says:

    I think that it shows a modern and unique interpretation of something we might dismiss as old. I love Fendi’s show.

  11. Screengem says:

    I like McQueen’s nightmare-as-fashion take; what happens during a midnight hour dumpster dive. After falling in the waiting receptacle head first, you emerge in an exquisitely conceived ensemble of plastic garbage bags with the final adornment being the candy kiss of Halloween wax lips. I’d be the green envy of every shopping cart lady in the soup line!

  12. sneakfreakz says:

    Wow… nice show

  13. twinkles421 says:

    i think the virgin mary look is great…embracing humbleness with confidence. simplicity is always beautiful.

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