Givenchy’s Religiously Inspired Menswear

Jonas Gustavsson : For The Times
“Religion is a big part of my DNA and this collection was about my Catholic(ism) and every other religion in a way,” Givenchy’s designer Riccardo Tisci told the Associated Press about his men’s fall-winter runway collection at Paris Fashion Week (photos by Jonas Gustavsson). He said the clothes of devout men—the frocks of priests, robes of monks, and suits of rabbis—represent “the most chic way, the most pure way of dressing.”
As Godfrey Deeny of Fashion Wire Daily observes:

Many looks in the fall 2010 show featured a golden crown of thorns, albeit worn as a necklace, in the latest collection that tapped into Tisci’s religious and historical obsessions. The very fact that he and a French fashion house evoked the suffering of Christ before an audience of 300 in Paris said quite a lot about current European zeitgeist and debates about integrating Islamic communities into Western Europe, especially at a time when the French parliament is debating a law to ban the wearing of burqas.

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