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Religion in VogueChristianity and Fashion in America$
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Lynn S. Neal

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479892709

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479892709.001.0001

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Putting God on a Dress

(p.187) Conclusion
Religion in Vogue

Lynn S. Neal

NYU Press

The conclusion focuses on designers putting figures of the divine, especially Jesus, on dresses and other high fashion garments. It pays particular attention to the 2013 collections of Karla Špetić and Dolce & Gabbana and how putting God on a dress reinforces aestheticized ways of seeing Christianity and its heritage. The fashionable religion constructed by the fashion industry fostered the shift toward an expansive religious individualism and eclecticism, exhibited by the seekers of the 1960s, the spiritually minded of the 1990s, and the nones of the 2010s.

Keywords:   Jesus, God, dress, fashion, Karla Spetic, Dolce and Gabbana, Christianity, aestheticized, fashionable religion, spirituality

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