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What Must Fashion Do to Safeguard Models?

Two years ago, casting director-turned-whistle blower James Scully delivered his plea to end the “cruel and sadistic” treatment of models to an audience at VOICES 2016, BoF’s annual gathering for big thinkers in the fashion industry held in partnership with QIC Global Real Estate

[Business of Fashion]

Dolce & Gabbana Publicly Apologize for Their Recent Racist Ad Campaign

Co-founders of the Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce, aren’t new to controversy, however, they are unfamiliar with the concept of an apology. That’s why it came as somewhat of a shock when the designer duo released a video on Friday morning, muttering the words “Dubi bu qui,” which is the Mandarin phrase for “sorry.” 

[InStyle]

Fashion Brands and Their Socio-Political relevance

Fashion matters. It matters to the economy and to most of us personally but it is often viewed as a frivolous or vain industry and people fail to see how far-reaching it really is. Globally, the industry is valued at $3 trillion and it’s the second biggest worldwide economic activity for intensity of trade – employing over 57 million workers in developing countries, 80 per cent of whom are women.

[The News on Sunday]

Trawling for trash: the brands turning plastic pollution into fashion

Fishing nets and discarded plastic are finding their way into wardrobes around the world thanks to a rise in the number of fashion designers using materials made from recycled ocean waste.

Brands including Gucci, Stella McCartney and Adidas are increasingly partnering with organisations such as Parley for the Oceans – which raises awareness of the destructive effect of ocean plastics – and sourcing materials regenerated from companies such as Aquafil, the textile manufacturer that transforms ocean waste into sustainable materials such as Econyl.

[The Guardian]

Women in Ireland Are Posting Images of Their Underwear to Protest Rape Culture

Women in Ireland posted photos of their underwear on social media last week to protest the events of a controversial rape case. The images were accompanied by the hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent, and many accused Ireland’s judicial system of promoting rape culture. The rape case that prompted the movement drew international headlines after the attorney for the 27-year-old male defendant used the 17-year-old accuser’s lace underwear in her defense argument.

[Teen Vogue]

Marie Claire Wants Its Fashion Editors to Drive E-commerce Revenue

Marie Claire has launched Marie Claire Edit, an aggregator site where readers can shop from retail partners like Selfridges, Gucci, Prada, Net-a-Porter and Topshop, as well as follow the trends of the title’s fashion editors.

The site, developed by parent company TI Media to boost the publisher’s e-commerce revenue, also holds native ad and display spots that will run on the Marie Claire Edit site and Marie Claire’s main site. 

[Digiday]

The 6 Beauty Lessons to Steal Right Now From Paris Fashion Week

Qui n’avance pas, recule. It’s an old French saying that translates to “who does not move forward, recedes.” And it’s a phrase that lends itself well to the wide spectrum of imaginative, of-the-moment beauty looks that designers put forth at Paris Fashion Week

[Vogue]

Fashion Designers Boldly Embrace Their Chinese Heritage

On the fifth day of New York Fashion Week, Sandy Liang treated her Spring/Summer 2019 presentation’s attendees to a visual feast of traditional Cantonese fare at her father’s restaurant, Congee Village, on the Lower East Side. Models posed alongside fried rice, sautéed lotus root, rice porridge and fried noodles, casually eating the food as show goers snapped photos. Beef chow fun had never looked so hip.

[Business of Fashion]

10 Fashion and Beauty Buys For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Talk about feeling pretty in pink—these 10 fashion and beauty finds all give back to a crucial cause. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pitching in has never been easier.

[Forbes]

Why Did Walmart Buy a Plus-Size Women’s Fashion Line?

A small bit of business news could be easily overlooked, but it says a lot about the failure of the self-help industry and its close bedfellows, fitness and dieting programs. Walmart just announced the purchase of ELOQUII, a plus-size women’s fashion start-up that has had great success selling online fashionable clothing for women who wear size 14 and above.

[Psychology Today]

How Beauty Bakerie founder Cashmere Nicole went from food stamps to launching a multi-million dollar cosmetics brand

Before Cashmere Nicole Cirillo founded Beauty Bakerie, she was a single parent, struggling to make ends meet. Now, the 34-year-old makeup mogul is empowering women across the globe through her inspiring life story. Ulta, the nationwide cosmetics store, will soon stock her products.

[abc News]

Fashion’s Obsession with Youth More Bankable Than Ever

One of the pushbacks against Hedi Slimane’s Celine debut seems to be that he has effectively replaced Phoebe Philo’s grown-up, self-assured, sophisticated woman with her teenage daughter. A gawky, rebellious waif straight from central casting who stays out all night in barely-there clothing is the French house’s new message. But of a collection which the designer had entitled “Journal Nocturne de la Jeunesse Parisienne,” what did we expect?

[Fashion United]

 

Rihanna Is Bringing Savage X Fenty to New York Fashion Week

After taking a season off from New York Fashion Week, everyone’s favorite singer-turned-fashion impresario is officially returning to the #NYFW schedule. This time Rihanna is bringing her line of lingerie and intimate accessories to the Catwalk with a Savage X Fenty presentation on September 12.

[VOGUE]

Inside Glossier’s Plans to Shake the Beauty Industry

The community driven beauty brand is planning to create a social-selling website to carve out the larger slice of the global beauty market.

[Business of Fashion]

From Homelessness to Fashion Modeling

Meet Aaron Philip, a black transgender teenager who recently signed a modeling contract; and tell us how you deal with racist remarks. For a long time, being online was where Aaron Philip felt most confident. She began documenting her daily life on Tumblr when she was 11, writing about her love of anime and the experience of growing up in New York City with cerebral palsy. In those days, Aaron got online with a MacBook and a personal Wi-Fi hot spot at a homeless shelter in Manhattan, where she lived with her father after her medical bills became too expensive.

[NY Times]

Virtual Models/Influencers are Landing Major Jobs & Making Real Money in the Process

In early 2016, Louis Vuitton started a trend, one that had nothing to do with styling or silhouettes, handbags or footwear. It had to do squarely with models. The Paris-based fashion house tapped an anime character, Final Fantasy’s female heroine, Lightning, for its Spring/Summer ad campaign.

[The Fashion Law]

 

Jordyn Woods Launches Size-Inclusive Activewear Line and Gets Kylie Jenner’s Stamp of Approval

Jordyn Woods is following in her best friend Kylie Jenner’s footsteps and launching her own business. The model, 20, has been secretly designing her debut fashion brand SECNDNTURE for the past year and she finally unveils it to the world today. The size-inclusive, street-style activewear line features bold designs at affordable prices in sizes XS to 2X.

[People Magazine]

 

 

Is your workwear making you look LAZY? Fashion Psychologist reveals the four office clothing personalities-and which one is the perfect fit for your job

With the end of summer looming, thoughts are turning to our back-to-work wardrobes. And whether you work in a stuffy office, classroom or trendy studio space, what you wear to work each day can speak volumes about your personality. Now London-based fashion psychologist Professor Carolyn Mair has lifted the lid on the secret signals your outfits could be sending to your colleagues.

[Daily Mail]

In order to discover more about the psychological impact of makeup, The Psychology of Fashion Blogsat down with three up-and-coming make-up enthusiasts Youtuber/Model Yana Carr, MUA/Youtuber Jordyn Reina and Influencer Chelesia Anderson to discuss their personal relationship with makeup and how it affects their everyday lives.

Fashion Psychology
Yana (IG @goldynaps)

What does makeup say about you?

Yana: I don’t think my makeup says anything particular about me. I don’t really view it as a part of my identity. I just use it to highlight my features.

Makeup is an art and is meant to enhance the features we already have. How does that make you feel?

Yana: I’d disagree with the idea that makeup is meant to do anything in particular. As an art form it doesn’t have a specified purpose that can be nailed down with a few words. While I certainly use it to enhance the features I already have, not everyone views makeup in that way; it can be used to mask and transform and probably has an abundance of other purposes.

Studies have shown that, men perceive women who wear makeup to be more prestigious, whereas women see other women as being more dominant. Agree or disagree? 

Yana: I feel like most women wear makeup, and that doesn’t really change my perception of them. I think it depends on the extent to which the makeup is being used. Someone who constantly wears a full face of makeup on a constant basis would make me view in a certain light, but I don’t think dominant would necessarily be the word I’d use to describe them. I’d more so be curious as to whether they feel like they need to wear makeup, or if it’s just something they’re passionate about. In terms of the perception of men, I feel like most women of importance have an image to uphold, and generally people want to portray themselves as flawless. Makeup aids that perception, so I feel like it makes sense that men view women who wear makeup as more prestigious.

What’s your favourite makeup product and why? 

Yana: Mascara. I have blonde eyelashes, so, despite being long and full, they’re basically invisible without mascara.

Jordyn (IG @jojobeauts)

How does makeup make you feel?

Jordyn: Makeup makes me feel transformed. I can become anyone or anything I want to be. I was always obsessed with magical girl animes and transforming feminine superheroes as a child and perhaps that translated into my adult life. My favorite aspect of makeup is the before and after transformation. Because it has an effect on how we act and perceive ourselves as well. 

Are men in makeup changing the world?

Jordyn: Men in makeup are certainly changing the world. It is helping dismantle the modern day stereotype that makeup is purely a feminine feature of life. Anybody should be able to enjoy the beauty and transformative properties of makeup, REGARDLESS of gender. As a gender non-conforming artist. This is obviously incredibly important to me. 

What’s the best advice to give for a non-binary makeup slay

Jordyn: Find your style, who you want to become, and just go for it. Makeup has no rules, only strong suggestions.

 

If you had to choose only one makeup product to wear, which would it be and why? 

Jordyn: WHY must you do this to me. The makeup forever flash palette because I can get basically a full face of makeup if I tried. It just wouldn’t last very long because I’d have no powders to set the creams.

Chelesia (IG @chelsandyy)

How does a good beat (whether it’s a natural beat or a glam beat), how does your preferred choice make you feel?

Chelesia: It makes me feel more confident and presentable depending on the occasion. I feel more put together. I rarely wear makeup but when I do I prefer a more natural beat. I am comfortable with my bare face, but it makes me feel good that I can use makeup to help enhance my features.  

Studies have shown that there is power in wearing red lipstick. A red lip is linked to authority, prowess and assertiveness. Do you agree that men are drawn to that and why? 

Chelesia: Yes, I believe that some men are drawn to that because a red lip is bold and typically men like a confident woman. A red lip gives off that impression. It’s expressive and makes you feel empowered. Red is bright and I agree that men are attracted to women who wear that color. It’s captivating, it gets their attention. Men are visual and are drawn to a women’s lips more than other facial features. A red lip can signal arousal and is very sensual for a man.    

In one study, foundation has been concluded as the one product that makes a difference in female attractiveness. How about seeing a man or a non-binary individual with foundation on, how would you perceive it? 

Chelesia: I would perceive it as normal. Nowadays it’s common for men or non-binary individuals to wear foundation. Men can wear it if they want, anyone can use it. Makeup is a form of art, it’s how people express themselves. It’s fun to create a new look and it can be a great self confidence booster to some people.   

What makeup product can’t you live without and why? 

Chelesia: I can’t live without liquid foundation. On days when I need a light or full coverage foundation has always been a staple product for me. It helps to even out my skin tone, hides all my acne scars and blemishes leaving my skin looking extra smooth.   

Do you feel the same? What impact does make-up have on your mental well-being? Let us know in the comments below!

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Serena Williams Launches Her Own Clothing Line

Serena Williams just won her first professional tennis match after giving birth to her daughter Olympia, but somehow her French Open win isn’t today’s biggest Serena-related news. So here it is: Serena Williams is launching her own direct-to-consumer fashion collection of sportswear and evening wear. As if that wasn’t enough, every piece is under $250 (£188). At a preview of the line, which launches today with 12 items and will have additional releases throughout the summer and autumn, Williams explained the philosophy behind the Serena collection. [VOGUE UK]

Sadness Does Not Discriminate: Reflecting on Kate Spade

On Tuesday, June 5th, Kate Spade was reportedly found dead in her Upper East Side home (link is external). She leaves behind her husband and 13-year-old daughter. Hundreds of celebrities (link is external) and fans (link is external) alike have shared their reactions of shock, heartfelt condolences for her loved ones, and unfortunate mental health lessons in the aftermath of her passing. Does Not Discriminate: Reflecting on Kate Spade [Psychology Today]

The CFDA Awards 2018 Winners

On Monday, the Council of Fashion Designers of America celebrated the industry’s biggest players at the CFDA Awards 2018. Pre-announced honourees included British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful OBE, who received the Media Award in honour of Eugenia Sheppard, Diane von Furstenberg, who was presented the Swarovski Award for Positive Change; Carolina Herrera, who took home the Founder’s Award in honour of Eleanor Lambert; Narciso Rodriguez, who was awarded the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award; Donatella Versace, who was recognised in the International Award category; and Naomi Campbell, who was crowned the CFDA Fashion Icon.[VOGUE]

 

 

From armour to icon: How women’s suits became cool again

Women first wore suits to mirror the men in their male-dominated workplaces. But in the now-casual office, women are redefining the suit in their own image. In her eight years rising through the ranks of J.P. Morgan, Joanna Dai spent her days–and late nights–in starchy business suits. In the male-dominated world of investment banking, the blazer and matching trouser set was like a suit of armour. [Fast Company]

‘Skinny Privilege’ and Who Deserves Fashion

Recently a Cut fashion story sparked a small conversation on Twitter. It was a piece by one of our editors about how she wanted a high-necked, ruffled, below-the-knee “prairie dress.” This seemed innocuous enough — prairie dresses, though certainly not a look that everybody likes, are widely available this summer. Lindsay, who wrote the story, expressed her love for the trend and found a bunch of options for people who might also want to buy them. We should have known better, because fundamentalist-Mormon-type cotton dresses are one of those divisive fashion items that Balkanize the internet. [The Cut]

Vogue Arabia Hails ‘Trailblazing’ Saudi Women

Vogue Arabia dedicated its June issue to the “trailblazing” women of Saudi Arabia by putting a glamorously dressed daughter of a former king behind the wheel of a red convertible on the front cover as the kingdom prepares to become the last country in the world to allow women to drive. Such an image — Princess Hayfa bint Abdullah Al Saud sitting in the driver’s seat outside the city of Jeddah, wearing leather gloves and stiletto booties, hair peeping out of her white abaya — could until recently have triggered a backlash. [Business of Fashion]

Meghan Markle and the Bicultural Blackness of the Royal Wedding

“Who are your people?” is the question that repeatedly came to me as I watched Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle’s mother, sitting a few feet away from her daughter at Saturday’s royal wedding. A common expression among southern African-Americans when greeting a stranger, it is never simply a matter of bloodline or individual biography. [NY Times]

'It really was a black service': world reaction to royal wedding

It wasn’t just the black preacher, though Bishop Michael Curry’s fiery address evoking Martin Luther King and the misery of slavery certainly packed a punch. There was also the cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the spiritual – This Little Light of Mine – sung by a black gospel choir. There was symbolism stitched in to so many elements of the wedding service chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that spoke to her mixed-race heritage. [The Guardian]

What Does The Royal Wedding Color Scheme Mean? This Is The Symbolism Behind The Décor

From the cake to the drinks to the dress to the flowers, tradition informs every part of royal wedding preparation. While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have broken tradition with a number of their wedding plans, the royal wedding color scheme was likely carefully chosen to marry the couples’ taste with royal traditions. [Bustle]

100 Models Urge The Industry To Sign A Legally Binding Contract Against Sexual Harassment

One-hundred models have joined together to launch the Respect Programme, a legally binding agreement to protect models and end sexual harassment within the industry. Led by Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff, who announced the agreement yesterday at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the aim is to create an environment of mutual respect between agencies, brands, models and the stream of creatives, such as freelance photographers, stylists, make-up artists, hairstylists and assistants, that make up the fashion industry’s supply chain. [VOGUE]

How 13 Reasons Why Successfully Grapples with the #MeToo Movement

When 13 Reasons Why premiered on Netflix last year, there were no expectations that the streaming service would order another season. Originally pitched as a straight adaptation of Jay Asher’s 2007 novel, the show covered that book’s entire plot within its first 13 episodes. But the massive cultural popularity of the show—partially fueled by the controversy surrounding its treatment of sensitive subjects—meant that Netflix couldn’t resist going back to the well. [Vanity Fair]

What Should French Fashion Do With Its Unsold Clothing?

Two years ago, France was the first country to pass a law preventing supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food. Under the country’s circular economy roadmap, lawmakers are planning to do the same for clothing. [Business of Fashion]



Rihanna Reigns Over the Met Gala with Her Pope Dress

Many celebrities flirted with the Met Gala theme this year — the influence of Catholicism on fashion — but no one took it on as fearlessly as Rihanna, who dressed like the female pope the Vatican’s never had. [NY Times]

Cardi B’s Met Gala Look Is Pregnancy Style at Its Most Extra

Cardi B has spent the past few months concealing her pregnancy from the public, thanks to a calculated mix of exaggerated peplums and cascading waves of tulle. Now that the big secret is out though, she’s been unabashedly embracing all the body-hugging shapes that maternity style has to offer. [VOGUE]

An Exhibit of "Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" but First, the Met Gala

“If you’re going to wield power, you need to dress the part — and it seems few have understood that better than the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church through the centuries.” That is the Associated Press’s take on the latest mega-exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, a look at the influence of Catholicism on fashion. [The Fashion Law]

Burberry Might Be Going Fur-Free — and Meghan Markle Could Have Something to Do With It

Burberry might soon be joining the growing list of brands that have pledged to no longer use animal fur. The luxury brand recently confirmed to The Sunday Times that it is currently reviewing its use of fur with the intention of ultimately going fur-free. [Popsugar]

The Real Controversy at the Heart of Catholic Fashion

The theme of this year’s Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute exhibit — “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” — is bound to cause controversy. Showing priestly vestments and risqué haute couture alike, the exhibit seems primed to cause tension between the secular and the sacred. But there’s another, quieter controversy brewing over Catholicism and fashion — not between the sacred and the profane but between different interpretations of the sacred. [Vox]

Want a Fashion Job in London?

Despite the uncertainty of Brexit, London remains one of the most attractive cities to build a career in fashion. Thanks to prestigious institutions such as Central Saint Martins, the Royal College of Art and the London College of Fashion, which contribute a steady stream of emerging design businesses to its eco-system, London has long-held reputation as the emerging design capital of the world. [Business of Fashion]

Men’s Fashion Month: The Names to Know

As an increasing number of fashion houses combine their womenswear and menswear shows, choosing to present during the livelier womenswear season instead, the official menswear schedules have a sudden death of megawatt brands. London is now without Burberry and J.W. Anderson, Paris without Balenciaga and Saint Laurent, Milan without Gucci, and New York without Calvin Klein and Coach. [Business of Fashion]

Why It’s Time to Celebrate Average-Size Women

Over the past few years, more and more brands have woken up to the fact that women come in all shapes and sizes. Not a year has gone by that hasn’t been coined “the year of plus-size” by one publication or another. We’ve seen models like Ashley Graham and Robyn Lawley booking major campaigns (including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover), and dozens of brands that previously only catered to slim women have launched plus or curve ranges; amongst them ASOS, Boohoo, and White House Black Market. [Popsugar]

Millennials Will Spend Money For Eco-Friendly Clothing

While it isn’t a secret millennials are choosing to shop mostly from the comfort of their homes, there are new developments about the brands they’re choosing to shop, and why. In fact, studies show when brands incorporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility into their DNA, millennial shoppers are more likely to spend their hard earned money on those products. The Shelton Group, a marketing company specializing in sustainability, found 90% of millennials will buy from a brand whose social and environmental practices they trust, and are thus more likely to recommend their purchase to friends. [Refinery29]

The anti-harassment accessory you’ll see on the red carpet at the Golden Globes

Along with seeing celebrities wearing black at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, some men and women will be donning an accessory with a timely meaning. Time’s Up, Hollywood’s newly launched anti-sexual harassment and assault initiative, has unveiled a pin with a black and white logo. [CNN]

Why are our wardrobes full of unworn clothes? Because most purchases are not rational

A new survey by Weight Watchers has estimated that shoppers in the UK own £10bn worth of clothes they do not wear. As ever with these massed and massive figures, it does not look quite so bad when you break it down a bit. The UK shopping population comprises about 50 million of us, which works out at an average of £200 worth of stuff per person failing to fulfil its sartorial destiny. [The Guardian]

Solange And Kanye West Star In Helmut Lang’s Iconic New Project

Solange and Kanye West are both basically fashion icons in their own right, but the two musicians just starred in a new project for Helmut Lang. Partnering with Exactitudes, an ongoing photo project since 1994, Helmut Lang tapped Solange, West and ten other multi-generational fans of the fashion label for a photo series to highlight the brand’s biggest collectors.  [ESSENCE]

In this series, The Psychology of Fashion Blog™ will be delving into research surrounding the complex relationship between Fashion and Religion. In the run up to the Met Gala’s 2018 theme ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion And The Catholic Imagination’ which has been deemed it’s most controversial theme yet, we’ve spoken to four catholics to get their personal take on Catholicism’s Holy influence on Fashion

Catholicism has such a profound influence on Fashion more than we realize, how have you personally seen this influence, being a Catholic yourself?

Aquil Jackson: I have seen an increase in religion through Fashion. I believe more designers use religious items in their clothing to make more of an accent to their pieces. Whether if it’s prayer hands, or a cross, more and more designers are using it as a way to express a love for a higher power.

Christian Martinez: Catholicism in fashion dates back to the early days of the Catholic Church. As one may see, priests are often dressed with gold colors. I also feel the Catholic Church set the guidelines for appropriate clothing in schools and public places. Even though it may limit what one may wear, I believe religion has a strong effect on religion.

Josaudy Nieves: Personally, I would say that because of Catholicism, a lot of girls are so afraid to show skin, and what I mean is that because a girl is showing her legs or has a crop top, a lot of people call her a slut or that she’s “asking for attention” or she’s not “pure”. 

Sileny Vicioso: I didn’t realize how big of an influence Catholicism has in fashion until this year believe it or not. I’ve always seen that Givenchy had patterns that reminded me of designs from church but now there’s a trend of gold chains with the virgin Mary and crosses. People are coming out with clothing lines with printed pictures of Saints and virgins. The most recent person that i saw do this was Cassie Ventura. 

How would you describe the relationship between Catholicism and Fashion? And why do you feel this way?

Jackson: I think there is a connection between Catholicism and fashion because just like with a singer using their God given talents to showcase to the world, and let it be known where this blessing comes from, fashion designers want to do the same thing. I feel they want to give praise, and showcase their love for religion through their work. It is a talent/blessing to design and when you see runway shows with a heavenly theme, or clothes with religious references, I feel those are some ways of giving thanks for such blessings.

Martinez: I feel that Catholicism and fashion do not go too well together personally. I feel the Catholic Church is too limiting what one human being is willing to show as “art”. Catholic Church may treat it is as a sexual act as opposed to it being art.

Nieves: There’s no clear relationship between those because it’s always different. Fashion has sexy and seduction but can also have professional and “appropriate”. Being around Catholic people you’re always “expected” to be professional and “appropriate” because the sexy and seductive is always shamed to be unacceptable, if that makes sense. Women aren’t meant to “show” their body, only to the man she’s married to.

Vicioso: I would describe the relationship between Catholicism and fashion as a trend. I think people just wear the clothing pieces because the style is in and not because they are Catholic. I personally think that if you are going to be wearing a sweatshirt with the virgin Mary printed on it you should at least believe in the virgin Mary.

In the book of Exodus, God speaks to Moses about clothing his brother in holy garments, “for glory and for beauty”, what do you think He meant? Do you think God is truly interested in the imagery of our clothing? 

Jackson: We are all an extension of God. So, the things we are interested, I believe came from God, and His interests. I believe God enjoys nice garments and the way we dress in those garments, and we praise Him for things we love like nice clothing hence “For glory, and for Beauty” I think it is all connected and that is what makes it great.

Martinez: I personally believe God is not truly interested in the imagery of our clothing. I believe some people can’t afford certain clothing and the Lord does not care what they’re wearing as long as it’s not against Him.

Nieves: I think He meant for the clothes to show power and importance. He said “for glory” which I think mainly means that He wanted for people to see Moses’ brother as a leader or something worth a lot and someone to response.  I do think God is truly interested because I believe He wants us to always be our best self and with that comes great things whether it’s wealth, respect or love.

Vicioso: Just like to go to mass, we wear our nice clothes for example button down shirts, slacks, dresses below the knees. I believe that what He meant is that when we go to mass and pray we should look our best. I wouldn’t wear booty shorts or sweatpants to go and listen to the word of the lord. There are Catholics who do that but I wasn’t raised by Catholics who believe that’s okay.

Has your Catholic religion ever influenced your Fashion sense?

Jackson: I think my religion has influenced my choice of clothing in a sense that I wouldn’t necessarily put on just any type of clothing. Clothes with too many rips, or a superfluous amount of designs in them, I do not really wear. There are some clothes I will not want to wear because I do not want people to perceive me in a way that I am not. 

Martinez: Personally, the Catholic Church has not affected my fashion sense. I have a different style, that isn’t very revealing to be quite honest.

Nieves: It has. I don’t wear anything that has my butt out or things that are see through, where you could see

Vicioso: Yes, my religion has influenced my fashion sense. I don’t wear clothing that reveals certain body parts or clothing with anything devilish on it.

Federico Fellini demonstrates his ecclesiastic fashion designs. Some of the scenes were censored by the Vatican, which I’ve found and reinserted into Federico Fellini’s clip “defilé di moda ecclesiastica” from the film “Roma” (1972).

Coco Chanel, Gianni Versace and other iconic designers who grew up Catholic have showcased a number of Catholic inspired collections, do you think the symbolic stillness, seen in early Catholic paintings, has impacted the criticalness yet tranquility in their own work?

Jackson: I absolutely think it influenced these iconic designers. It goes back to what I said earlier, where someone who acknowledges where their talent comes from, will essentially want to shout it to the world because of how happy they are for that talent. Growing up in a church, with beautiful designs all throughout the church, with colors, and pictures and the overall makeup of the church can inspire someone to design something of their own. these icons are no different.

Martinez: I do believe the early Catholic paintings have the profound effect on critical ness and tranquility on fashion. Like when we think of Jesus’s last meal, the first thing we think of is Da Vinci’s “last supper”. Most of the religion’s history is painted and/or written.

Nieves: I think it does relate because as a painting, there’s so many different opinions as to what the painting is ACTUALLY showing, and I guess as a designer and having your models walk the runway with your designs, the same thing is kind of happening. Everyone loves it when they see it, but everyone has their own take on what the message is actually about and that’s what makes things iconic.

Vicioso: They were influenced by the church from the start. Going every week, seeing beautiful Drawings and paintings, and overall colors in the church made them think of ways they can bring their designs to life. These icons made what they saw from a younger age, drive their fashion sense to mirror the things they fell in love with.

Vogue’s 2018 Met Gala will be themed, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” and has been deemed its most controversial theme yet, what religious symbolism do you expect to see?

Jackson: With no question, I expect to see someone on a cross being carried down. That is something that will definitely raise the bar, as well as controversy. There are a bunch of things that will test the boundaries when it comes to what people do with religion, and I expect to see major things at this upcoming event. Wouldn’t be fashion, without a little controversy.

Martinez: In the controversial issue, I expect to see the people to be nude or revealing considering we were all born naked and it wasn’t considered a sin unless it becomes sexual. Everyone was naked at one point. When Adam and Eve ate from the tree, then it became a sin, but in heaven, it won’t matter and I believe everybody could be nude there because we get away from sexual thoughts and sins in heaven.

Vicioso: I think we will see some people on a cross being carried. That would raise the most controversy because that is one of the most iconic things in religion. The symbol of Jesus carrying the cross, I feel will most certainly be a part of the show.

Nieves: I definitely will expect a lot of the “The Cross” and Jesus.