Since literally the dawn of time, people have been recreating divine outfits based on biblical stories and religious art, making this far from a passing fad. Celebrities from Madonna (obviously) to Kim Kardashian have all prayed for creative fashion help from the Gods themselves and now it’s up to you to carry on the legacy.
Religious Iconography In Culture
Madonna has been an avid adopter of religious references. From her iconic Like A Prayer video to her recent Met Gala gown, the queen of pop often transcends mortal rules of the dress with her heavenly styling. This doesn’t come without controversy, with her Live To Tell performance that featured her posing on a gigantic cross with a crown of thorns at her 2006 Confessions tour caused raucous debate.
Romeo + Juliet
Baz Luhrmann’s dreamy adaptation of the Shakespeare classic is packed full of religious references. Not only is there the iconic Brazilian landmark of Christ the Redeemer as both the opening scene as well as at the bit where it all kicks off (this is a spoiler free zone), but there are religious symbols across the characters accessories, clothing and even weapons. How can anyone forget Tybalt’s scarlet vest emblazoned with Christ’s image, plus the incredibly OTT Montague town car, complete with rosary beads and crucifix galore.
Check out our Hawaiian shirt guide for more Romeo & Juliet inspiration.
Met Gala 2018
This year’s Met Gala theme ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” saw A-listers creating sacred ensembles inspired by Christianity and artwork inspired by the Pope, angels, saints and more. Our personal favourite looks included Lana Del Ray’s Gucci rendition of the Lady of Sorrows, Greta Gerwig’s nun inspired gown and Kim Kardashian’s golden Versace look that gave her a statuesque aura.
The catwalk has seemingly always been awash with transcendent designs based on heavenly themes. From Gucci’s sacred hearts to the majority of rising star Dilara Findikoglu’s entire body of work, designers often turn the divine into beautiful haute couture. Dolce & Gabbana are also another prime example of the theme with their SS17, SS15 and their breathtakingly bejewelled AW 13/14 collections all containing aspects of religious imagery.
Dolce & Gabanna SS17
Christian Lacroix Couture AW09
Christian Dior Coture AW00
How do I recreate the look?
You don’t need to be a saint to inject a little spirituality into your style. Simply pair a modest long black dress with golden accessories for the nun effect, a la Greta Gerwig, or even by matching rosary beads with something rose print.
Satin and Lace
Expensive looking fabrics are not hard to find in a vintage store, with lace and satin making great options for those on a budget. Feel truly sacred in a satin party top, this look is the perfect subtle way to step up your outfit, pair with a simple cross charm to channel your inner Madonna.
A Catwalk devote? Lace has always been a catwalk staple, from minimal lace detail to maximum ruffles, we're feeling inspired by Dolce & Gabbana ss17 and Christian Lacroix Couture 09.
Divine styling is truly all in the accessories and statement jewellery is the holy grail, think oversized crosses and endless amounts of gold jewellery.