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Pope’s wind-whipped mantle drives Vatican tailors to consider Velcro

By Claire Giangravé — March 10, 2021

(RNS) — On his history-making trip to Iraq, Pope Francis often played second fiddle to the gyrations of his cape.

My surprising journey to hijab fashion

By Erin Smith — June 8, 2020

(RNS) — At no point did I ever expect that a simple curiosity about other languages and faiths would somehow lead to me becoming the designated hijab stylist on photoshoot sets, writing blog posts about modest dressing or spending my days thinking about innovations for products for women who wear hijab.

Immigrant-run sewing co-op aims to end fast fashion culture, starting with Muslims

By Aysha Khan — May 29, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — One of the country’s first clothing cooperatives run by immigrant and refugee women, Blue Tin Production aims to develop ethical manufacturing for Muslim designers while offering well-paying opportunities for skilled immigrants.

The black Muslim female fashion trailblazers who came before model Halima Aden

By Kayla Renee Wheeler — May 10, 2019

(The Conversation) — Clothing has played a central role in constructing a unique black Muslim identity since at least the mid-20th century.

For Orthodox Jewish men, the hat known as a Borsalino is tops

By Bill Motchan — April 9, 2019

(RNS) — A fedora worn by Rihanna and Indiana Jones has also been the hat of choice for Jews from Eastern Europe to the United States for more than a century.

Three things we can learn from contemporary Muslim women’s fashion

By Liz Bucar — November 26, 2018

(The Conversation) — The recent interest in Muslim women’s style is challenging popular stereotypes about Islam.

When Rihanna dressed as the pope

By Timothy OMalley — May 9, 2018

(RNS) — At this year’s Met Gala, New York’s biggest fashion night, the theme was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.’ For practicing Roman Catholics, the red carpet coverage was at once thrilling and troubling.

What did Jesus wear?

By Joan Taylor — February 12, 2018

(The Conversation) — For Joan Taylor, as a historian, trying to visualize Jesus accurately is a way to understand Jesus more accurately, too.

Hijab is not another word for freedom

By guest — June 6, 2016

Let’s not be fooled by Ramadan clothing ads or well-intentioned intellectuals into thinking that hijab is a means of self- or fashion expression.

‘Radical Muslims’ clothing line attempts to shatter stereotypes

By Ken Chitwood — April 13, 2015

(RNS) The Sidikii clothing line allows Muslim youth to choose clothing that reflects their dual identities: Muslim and cool.

Elton John slams Dolce & Gabbana over ‘synthetic baby’ comments

By Reuters — March 16, 2015

ROME (Reuters) “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic.’ And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF … I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again.”

Canadian PM faces Twitter backlash over ‘anti-woman’ niqab

By Reuters — March 12, 2015

VANCOUVER (Reuters) “I’m thinking of wearing white shoes before May 24. Is that still considered tacky,” asked Toronto Twitter user Sarah Dearing

FEATURE VIDEO: The substance of Hasidic style

By Sally Morrow — October 1, 2014

A visually intriguing and informative explanation of Hasidic Jewish traditions based in clothing, fashion and styles for men and women.

Sufi Muslims push designer Roberto Cavalli to pull an offensive logo

By Heather Adams — July 17, 2014

(RNS) Ten years after designer Roberto Cavalli received harsh criticism for putting Hindu gods on an underwear and swimsuit line, he is at it again. This time the backlash is for the use of a Sufi school’s sacred symbol on the “Just Cavalli” clothing line.

Archbishop of Canterbury: The cross has become a fashion symbol

By Trevor Grundy — December 2, 2013

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Christian cross has become little more than a piece of jewelry worn around the necks of celebrities, said Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

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