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Religion in Vogue: Christianity and Fashion in America (Paperback)
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Religion in Vogue: Christianity and Fashion in America (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 31/12/2019
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How the fashion industry has contributed to religious change
From cross necklaces to fashion designs inspired by nuns' habits, how have fashion sources interpreted Christianity? And how, in turn, have these interpretations shaped conceptions of religion in the United States?
Religion in Vogue explores the intertwined history of Christianity and the fashion industry. Using a diverse range of fashion sources, including designs, jewelry, articles in fashion magazines, and advertisements, Lynn S. Neal demonstrates how in the second half of the twentieth century the modern fashion industry created an aestheticized Christianity, transforming it into a consumer product.
The fashion industry socialized consumers to see religion as fashionable and as a beautiful lifestyle accessory-something to be displayed, consumed, and experienced as an expression of personal identity and taste. Religion was something to be embraced and shown off by those who were sophisticated and stylish, and not solely the domain of the politically conservative.
Neal ultimately concludes that, through aestheticizing Christianity, the fashion industry has offered Americans a means of blending traditional elements of religion-such as ritual practice, miraculous events, and theological concepts-with modern culture, revealing a new dimension to the personal experience of religion.

Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN: 9781479813599
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A truly path-breaking work-the first investigation of the intersection of religion and the world of fashion. Drawing from the pages of Vogue in the mid-twentieth century to the runways of the twenty-first, Lynn Neal richly demonstrates the fashion industry's role in mediating a commodified, romanticized Christianity to curate the sensory elements with which consumers might piece together personalized spiritualities." -- Martha L. Finch, author of Dissenting Bodies: Corporealities in Early New England
"Neal mines issues of Vogue magazine from the mid-1940s to the late 1990s to explore fashion's shifting use of religious symbols in this persuasively argued work... [A] fresh take on an underexplored facet of the American experience." * Publishers Weekly *
"[Neal] considers the inspirations of various designers and explores how advertising and marketing framed religious symbols, devotions, and icons into a commodity for trend-setting audiences, all of which culminates in a provocative conclusion that lends itself to further discussion... [E]xtensively researched, fascinating account." * STARRED Library Journal *
"Uncovers over fifty years of 'fashionable religion.'. . . Neal argues that, by subtly incorporating Christian themes into stories, advertisements, and designs, the fashion industry made it possible for readers to experience Christianity without joining a church. . . . Offers a wholly original study of American culture and religion." -- Sally Dwyer-McNulty, author of Common Threads: A Cultural History of Clothing in American Catholicism

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