Sneakers with human blood to the fashion crosses: when fashion provokes religion – 05/04/2021

LIl Nas X is about to start a legal fight against Nike after launching sneaker 666. “Satan’s sneakers”, as the rapper and art collective MSCHF dubbed it, contain drops of human blood mixed with red paint on the sole. padded with air bubbles.

The model also refers to the Bible verse Luke 10:18: “Then he said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning’.”

Lil Nas X in the promotion of tennis made in collaboration with MSCHF

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Controversial in itself, tennis is part of the promotion of the new song released by the singer, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”, in which the rapper appears sliding down a stripper pole from heaven to hell, wearing his pair of sneakers – which, according to him, is a criticism of the church’s oppression against the LGBTQI + community, to which it belongs.

Tennis is not exclusive for playing, if that word fits here, with sacred elements.

Contrary to the fierce criticism against Lil Nas X, Nike did not get involved against the MSCHF when, in 2019, the collective launched “Jesus Shoes”. This crossed a path opposite to that of the rapper. Instead of making a reference to hell and the devil, he paid tribute to God, entitled to a golden crucifix tied to the shoelace and holy water on the sole with the Nike Air Max 97.

“Jesus Shoes”, launched by the collective MSCHF in 2019

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The idea, as announced at its launch, was to make its customers feel blessed if they disbursed 2,700 euros, about R $ 14,000.

Despite all the contradictions, the two pieces have something in common: it only took minutes to run out of online shelves.

The unchristian fashion

Just as it is not new for tennis to navigate these seas that are divided in half, it is also not new that fashion is used as a device to question Christian values.

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Madonna em “Like a Prayer” (1989)

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In the 1980s, Madonna became one of the church’s unwanted names after releasing the video clip “Like a Prayer” with the necklace of a cross, while burning them – in addition to praying to a black saint. Another point was the black, low-cut dress that left the legs out.

“If you follow the principles of religion, there is something about showing lingerie, wearing lingerie as outerwear, which is very sinful in some way. She was joking and pushing that limit,” said the costume designer for the video “Like a Prayer”, Marlene Stewart, in an interview with Vogue, published in 2018.

What is right and wrong?

Advertising of the collection of Jean Paul Gaultier inspired by nuns - Reproduction - Reproduction

Advertising of the Jean Paul Gaultier collection inspired by nuns

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In fashion, this answer can be controversial. While critics described Jean Paul Gaultier’s nun-inspired collection from the late 1980s as “shocking and in bad taste”, designers like Gianni Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen were praised for taking the divine out of their clothes.

McQueen’s work was even featured in the exhibition “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”, one of the biggest in the Met.

In Dante, as the collection was named, an allegorical view of life after death was portrayed with the stylist’s controversial statement: “I think religion has caused all the wars in the world, which is why I showed it in a church “.

The pieces featured deconstructed gold jackets, lilac bodices, horn headdresses, bird claw earrings and masks covered in crucifix. McQueen also wore a mask with the figure of the crucified Christ, belonging to his friend and photographer Joel-Peter Witkin.

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Alexander McQueen | Dante

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Alexander McQueen | Dante - Getty Images - Getty Images

Alexander McQueen | Dante

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This spectacle is seen by many today as responsible for leveraging the artist’s career in the fashion universe.

Between the cross and Chanel

Coco Chanel on record made with the stylist wearing Chanel-Verdura bracelets - Reproduction - Reproduction

Coco Chanel on record made with the stylist wearing Chanel-Verdura bracelets

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In the 1930s, the French brand Chanel gave birth to one of its most memorable collections, made in collaboration with Fulco Santo Stefano della Cerda, Duke of Verdura.

The bracelets were enamelled with Maltese crosses adorned with colorful jewels. This cross, over time, has become one of the hallmarks of Chanel’s jewelry designs. Countless photographs even show Coco Chanel herself using them.

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Chanel-Green Bracelets

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As a result, Chanel-Verdura accessories have provided consumers with a sophisticated way to showcase fashion and religion simultaneously.

To this day, fashion reporters have continued to mention Chanel’s influence in the realm of jewelry, especially the use of the Maltese cross. In 1988, the collection of the designer Yves Saint Laurent was seen by the media as “an unmistakable tribute to Chanel”, since the jewels that adorned his models included crosses from Malta.

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