While personal style blends into all aspects of life, the relationship between fashion and religion remains fraught. The two worlds only clash in the news. See: Abercrombie’s recent religious discrimination lawsuit;
Christian bloggers who boycott yoga pants
for their lack of “modesty,” and, of course, John Galliano’s career-damaging
anti-Semitic rant from
2011. But, there's one place where the two can happily coexist, and it's
Christian Fashion Week.
The New York Times attended the third annual event this season in Tampa and reported that (not surprisingly),
it’s about as different from the other fashion weeks as you can possibly get. Unlike Paris,
Milan, London, or New York, this showcase of 11 designers — which all presented collections in
just one night, on February 20 — isn’t so much about selling clothing and
predicting trends. Rather, it's about promoting a modest lifestyle, one devoid of plunging necklines, very short hemlines, and booty shorts as the Times article points out. (It's also worth mentioning that modesty is a rising trend for many other denominations — the recent Hipster Hijabi controversy illuminates the crossover between Jewish and Muslim fashion, for example).
According to the
Christian Fashion Week website, “it's a true movement fueled
by a passion for modest clothing and
for building an industry around its consumers.” This means
rows of buyers, editors, and celebrities are replaced by Christian bloggers and
local fashion fans.