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Whilst doing some research on the Hasidic Jews and the different collections inspired by Hasidim (hebrew word for Hasidic Jews) I came across this photography editorial: on Trendland, for the Israeli fashion magazine, Belle Mode.
In my understanding of religion there is space for everyones beliefs and ideals is this world. However in order for there to be peace and balance among the people, each of us have to embrace and make space for other peoples opinions and value systems. It is with respect for others that we can learn to understand and perhaps accepted what is foreign to us.
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
On a trip to Israel I noticed this very noticeable sign in a Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic area by the name of, Mae Shearim.
Barbara Goldman Carrel writes in the book, The Veil: Women Writers on Its History, Lore and Politics edited by Jennifer Heath that the Hasidic women dress a certain way in order to fulfill their obligation to sanctify their "worldly existence" page 56.
Rather than their dress just being a form of self-expression, it is a reflection of modesty and how one simultaneously covers and reveals by concealing their private body parts as specified by Jewish law but at the same time unveiling or promoting that which is hidden, their holiness and soul.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
So does religion really have a place within the fashion industry or is it just a source of reference or inspiration?
However Shen describes her work as rebelling to the traditional notions of what is compatible with femininity, namely things like lace, silk, velvet and other soft and luxurious materials. Rather her jewellery cosists of fluid shapes and organic alien-like pieces. So I asked the question, what makes these designs so unusually seductive?
Because according to Frugel, bare flesh is boring. Male curiosity is sustained by veiling the erotic site, by covering and exhibiting it at the same time. So in conclusion, I realised that this is not the traditional way to expose the erogenous zone, however it works! The tribal feel of the jewelry through the pointy ends (horns), or the coil like curves creating metal snakes creates an animalistic mood. This only enhances the point of the erogenous zone.