For many, fashion IS religion, so it only makes sense that the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute would eventually get around to this. Rumors are swirling that “Fashion and Religion” will be the theme of the 2018 Met Gala and related exhibition, and we’re not surprised. From rosary necklaces to full-on Jesus images on apparel, religious iconography has been increasingly showing up on runways on wrists (and necks) for a while now.
Rosaries have been strong for a while as a fashion statement, ever since Madonna scandalously wore them in her Like a Virgin Video and ever since. But they’ve had a resurgence of late.
Religious images even make appealing retail displays, as shown by designer Christopher Kane, who also put Jesus images into his Spring 2017 show.
An image from Christopher Kane’s SS17 runway show.
Religion around the world takes all forms, from Buddha’s to more “new age” spiritual themes. These have all cropped up as symbols of comfort in today’s turbulent times, whether or not the wearer’s subscribe to that particular “religion.”
Stay tuned as this theme develops, and get ready to be wearing your religion on your sleeve.