Sunday, 02 December 2012

Tis the season to be religious!

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Forever a source of controversy, religion continues to influence fashion this year and onto next year too. Back in Paris fashion week 2011, we saw designers such as Pucci, Lanvin and Moshino detailing outfits with cross detailing and crucifixes.


A trend then overstated unforgettably by Versace, on clothing, bags and footwear. A bold trend we have then warn all year emblazed onto our cross t shirts, leggings, accessories and necklaces.

Versace RTW 2012 source & Lanvin RTW 2012 from

Indeed religious symbolism has been no stranger to us over the past five years. We only have to look back to Gaultiers wonderful religious inspired Madonna collection in 2007 and we are taken to an angelic depiction of Christmas and then we had Gaga stamping down her take on the trend with her video of Alejandro in 2010. And who cannot forget the surge in interest in Kabbalah bracelets when Madonna wore them, the rise of the popularity of the Rosary beads in 2010 and recent trending and popularity of wearing Sambala bracelets as a fashion accessory. Love it or lothe it, religion is forever a talking point in the world of fashion.

Gaultier 2007:

Lady Gaga Source: Bing

Right now, we cannot travel the high street far without encountering crucifix cross detailing and, this week I wondered whether we could take the concept of religious fashion any further when I discovered the wonderful work of Beata Gusanka

Taking inspiration from the 1920s with her use of these lovely turban style hats and mixing it up with a bold pallet of colour and eastern travelogue inspired anecdotes, Beata has taken religion to much further faraway places. Showcasing in Designeria Trendy Warsaw recently, (15.11. 2012) Beta assimilated religious figures such as the Pope and Jesus Christ with the shapes and cuts of clothing from the Far East.

 Photo by Marcin Wisniewski

Using a regal pallet of gold's, navy and red, this outfit stuck me as a key piece in her collection. I particularly like the way the hat and the beads take a more subtle and wearable take on the print contrasting trend we have seen this year. I am equally loving the opulent use of silk and images of travel to the far east this outfit conger's up. Travel to far away Islamic places continued to be a theme running through this collection and was exhibited in the ingenious re modelling of Kaftan cuts and Jallebas.

Photo by Marcin Wisniewski

Evoking memories of Christmas of yesteryear, in contrast, this wonderful green ensemble almost congers up the smell of pine and fir with the use of this necklace, to me appearing to take inspiration from the type of fifties decorations my Nan used to hang around the Christmas tree. And as for the last outfit, what can I say but 'Russian Kaftan princess meets religion! I love the cheeky use of cherries on this beautiful turquoise kaftan and the way the hood and the more casual form take religion to street wear. Well done Beata for celebrating the diversity of religion culture and for daringly taking it much further to faraway places and new territory.