Jesus the divine inspiration for the fashion world

Jesus the divine inspiration for the fashion world

first_imgA fresco from a chapel in northern Italy depicts the ‘Judas kiss’Credit:AP Photo catwalk-chaplain Shrugging off the “sackcloth and ashes” image of clergy’s puritan forebears, it argues that – despite criticism of the industry over size zero models and cases of sweatshop factories – fashion and design are ultimately an expression of God-given creativity.In one extract, the Church’s de-facto catwalk chaplain says fashion designers have told him that they draw inspiration from church interiors, stained glass windows and even  Jesus’s cloaks. The Rev Peterson Feital, the Diocese of London’s “Missioner to the Creative Industries”, said  many had been drawn to the “beautiful clothes” Jesus is often depicted wearing.“Designers ask me about fashion,” said the Brazilian-born Rev Feital, who also runs “Haven+” a charity working with people in the fashion and entertainment industries. A stained glass window at Rochester Cathedral depicts the resurrection of Jesus A fresco from a chapel in northern Italy depicts the 'Judas kiss' Admittedly, his face has adorned more religious imagery than any other in history.But now Jesus is being put forward as an icon of an entirely different sort – in the world of fashion.The Church of England has given its blessing to London Fashion Week with an official video making the Biblical case for the clothing industry. The Rev Peterson Feital Stained glass church windows have inspired fashion designersCredit:Duncan Lomax/Ravage Productions Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “They are all so interested when they walk into a church building or a cathedral and they see the stained glass windows and what they see there are beautiful figures and Jesus wearing beautiful clothes – a cloak and all that kind of stuff.“So right there in the centre of our worship there are so many elements in which fashion belongs in that conversation between church and culture.” Stained glass church windows have inspired fashion designers Simon Ward, a former chief operating officer of the British Fashion Council, said that despite questions about how aspects of the industry operate and the “image it conveys”, he was convinced fashion itself is divinely inspired.“He’s a God of creativity, and fashion is just one of those areas that really focuses on creativity,” he said.“And what did He do first? He created the seasons, so the idea that fashion changes a lot again I think reflects God’s heart. “All the way through the Bible clothing and fashion imagery jump out of the pages at us. In the New Testament the first Christian in Europe was Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth … The image we get of Jesus in heaven is what he’s wearing, with a gold sash around his chest, and then the New Jerusalem comes down; what are we told about it? – ‘dressed as a bride’.“So I think God and fashion really are closely linked and if we think that they’re not we’re getting it wrong.” A stained glass window at Rochester Cathedral depicts the resurrection of JesusCredit:Luke MacGregor/Reuterslast_img

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