Fashion Is About More Than Clothes

Fashion Is About More Than Clothes

As a Christian we say “don’t dress like the world,” but what is worldly when it comes to dress? I think we can learn something about what it is by what the world say about dress? I think also we can learn about it by discerning what’s behind the sad looking, gaunt expressions of the models who stride down the runways displaying the latest fashion ideas. What they seem to be saying may relate to the spirit behind the whole business that they are in. Sad and empty. This was evidenced recently as I read about a world-renown wealthy Italian fashion designer who a few years ago was murdered in cold-blood – and some of what the fashion world and its editors wrote about him after his death:

One writer suggested that he understood that fashion was about more than clothes. He knew that a simple dress could also make allusions to art, music, architecture, and the cult of celebrity. Another said his style was flamboyant, profoundly sexy, and often crossed the line into a wonderful, dangerous vulgarity.

In writing about his style, they said he unapologetically cut dresses obscenely low or ridiculously high. But he could also cut a perfect suit that blended classic lines with delicate sensuality. And fashion for him was a glamorous, colorful, sensual world. The article indicates as well that he was a homosexual and designed men’s wear accordingly.

Through such comments as these about this one designer and in looking generally at those who represent the world of fashion design, it’s not difficult to sense the spirit behind the whole scene of today’s fashions? They also give more than a hint why the poor models look so lost and hopeless? How does any of it line up with the Word of God? It doesn’t.

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Everyone’s life in various ways will reflect what or whom they admire or follow. And without doubt the story of Gianni Versace ‘s life, his work and his wealth sheds a great deal of light on the world of fashion. As a Christian I should be concerned with what the story of my life will reveal? Will it highlight my desire to dress like the world – or will it reveal that my life’s goal is to always reflect in all that I say and do – the purity of Christ?

“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light… Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:8, 10, 11. A� copyright 2011 Arleita Harmon