What do you think of fashion emblazoned with religious phrases?

We’ve all heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve, but what about wearing your faith?

Former model Kylie Bisutti, who made waves a few months ago when she announced she was leaving the industry because she felt she’d been “exploited and sexualized” against her religious beliefs, recently launched a clothing line called God inspired fashion.

Check out some of the women’s separates here—tops and bottoms in sporty colors and prints with Bible verses and inspirational phrases printed on them:



There are even jeans with Psalms and Proverbs printed down the leg:



There have been a few recently launched religious-inspired commercially-availab​le fashion labels on my radar over the past few years. I’ve always been super-interested in how people’s beliefs manifest in their day-to-day fashion choices. I even did a project in grad school where a photographer friend and I went around southeast England interviewing and photographing members of fringe minority religions. I’m obsessed with the notion of subtle cues and signifiers — items of jewelry, clothing or accessories that only people in the know would recognize.

The Mod Bod, which was founded in Utah with the guiding principle that mass-market clothes for young women were, by and large, too revealing.

And then there are very specific religious-inspired fashion pieces that technically could be worn by everyone, but rarely translate outside specific communities. Remember when celebrity chefNigella Lawson wore a burkini—that’s a combination burqa + bikini—on Bondi Beach in Australia in 2011? That was a fashion moment, sort of, right?


August 8, 2013. August.

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