OK, I'll admit it. I like clothes. Most of what I get is from the thrift store, but that's OK. I still like to look nice. And appropriate. And modest. My biggest picky-point is that if one googles something like "modest Christian Women's clothing", one often comes up with stuff that looks like it's trying to recapture "Little House on the Prairie".
So, I was thilled to see this:
Recently a fashion show for Orthodox Women's Clothing was held at the Kremlin Palace. According to the article, which I read translated on Babel Fish, this fashion show was very well received.
I am so very amused because this is SO how the women in my parish dress. In America. In a mission parish. Never having been to Russia. (Except most of us are a bit fatter and less pretty than these Russian Supermodels...but still).
I find it interesting, that without a specifically stated code of "how to dress modestly" most tend to gravitate towards the same stuff. And I also find it interesting that it is very close to the stardards of dress that are specifically spelled out in Orthodox Judaism (tznius). Close, but less legalistic. And I find it very nice that there is nary a calico print to be found.
The theme of the fashion show was the 12 feasts, and if you look at the pictures, you can see a reflection of the liturgical colors in the colors of the outfits. It is not uncommon for people to wear blue for feasts of the theotokos, white or light colors for Pascha, etc. For an explanation of the ever-so-complicated color scheme, go here.
Follow the link to check out the pictures. My favorite was this one:
Holy Friday clothing might look like this (most of us, for some reason show up in black):
I also liked the look of this red outfit: It almost looks (shock!) islamic, but to that I just have to say: WE were doing it first!
I was pleased. And amused. I suppose it's healhty to smile at oneself now and again.