New Forms of Fashion


Questioning the Clothes We Wear

What is the Goal of Clothing? Have you ever thought about that? What’s the original intent, it’s inherent purpose?

 

The Origin of Human Clothing

Genesis, the first book of the Bible, is a book of origins…the first appearance of things…the original DNA of the cosmic design. Adam and Eve after eating the forbidden fruit noticed their nakedness and were ashamed…

And God became the first clothing designer – first fashion designer- or perhaps first tailor? He made clothing for Adam and Eve from animal skins…

 

Bad Boy Garms

Clothing can cause quite a bit of a stir. Joseph caused controversy whilst dressed in the special beautiful robe (of the multi-coloured variety) his father made for him. The next thing we hear, his brothers are ripping off the beautiful robe he was wearing…they killed a young goat and dipped Joseph’s robe in it’s blood, and sent a message to their doting father saying ‘Look at what we found. Doesn’t this robe belong to your son?’

Unfortunately, those dressed as a Dandy can arouse that kind of jealousy…

 

Quality Clothing

In 3 places in the Bible, we hear that ‘their clothes didn’t wear out’

2 million people wandering through a desert for 40 years…and yet their clothes never wore out

Can you imagine the quality of the kind of clothing that never wears out?

What’s more, their sandals didn’t wear out either. Now that’s good footwear!

Although, I’m not quite sure that is what actually happened- quality clothing that lasted 40 years, as the clothing that fits a 20 year olds torso would need to stretch some to fit a fair few 60 year olds…and what about babies born during the wilderness…fresh clothes must have been supplied on the journey…

They certainly had enough tailors amongst them (Exodus 28:1-8, Exodus 12:34,35), so perhaps, ‘their clothes never wore out’ refers to them having tailors in their midst ready to repair, restore or renew their clothing?

 

Fashion Unique Materials

In the 19th Century, industrialist Titus Salt; an ‘enlightened entrepreneur,’ hit upon the innovative idea of using alpaca wool in his fashionable cloth. That idea alone created vast wealth, much of which was invested in the imaginative idea of creating a whole new town based on kingdom of heaven principles…

 

From Alpaca to Camel Wear

If consumers wearing the wool of an alpaca created new found wealth in the 19th Century…what do we make of a prophet in the wilderness wearing clothes woven from coarse camel-hair, a leather belt around his waist and eating a diet of locusts and wild honey in the 1st Century?

Apparently there was none born of woman, no one who has ever lived that is greater than this character John the Baptist…(see Matthew 3:4 and Mark 1:6, Luke 7:28, Matt 11:11). That’s some accolade!

 

For Those Who Like Their Fancy Footwear and Clothing…

Asher is an ancient tribe of Israel. Apparently they liked to bathe their feet in olive oil and wear shoes made of iron and brass (Deut 33:24-25 KJV)

God likes dressing his people, as he says here…‘I gave you expensive clothing of fine linen and silk, beautifully embroidered, and sandals made of fine goatskin leather. I gave you lovely jewellery, bracelets, beautiful necklaces, a ring for your nose, earrings for your ears, and a lovely crown for your head. And so you were adorned with gold and silver. Your clothes were made of fine linen and costly fabric and were beautifully embroidered. You ate the finest foods- choice flour, honey and olive oil- and became more beautiful than ever. You looked like a queen, and so you were! Your fame soon spread throughout the world because of your beauty. I dressed you in my splendour and perfected your beauty, says the Sovereign Lord. But you thought your fame and beauty were your own. So you gave yourself as a prostitute to every man who came along. Your beauty was theirs for the asking’ (Ezekiel 16:10-15)

How easily the world of fashion, glamour and modelling can turn into immoral decadence…

 

New Forms of Clothing

Here are some new forms of clothing to consider…

What would a garment of praise look like? (Isaiah 61:3)

Or perhaps a crown of beauty? (also Isaiah 61:3)

 

Clothing Exchange and Fitting Rooms of Angels (see Zech 3)

Jeshua [the High Priests] clothing was filthy…so the angel said to the others standing there, ‘Take off his filthy clothes’ and turning to Jeshua he said, ‘See, I have taken away your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes’

I’d be happy with that new wardrobe

Dress Right For the Party (Matthew 22:11-12)

Jesus told this story about a big party that was going on…lots of people were invited…then someone showed up wearing the wrong clothes, so of course, they were thrown out as there was a dress code and one unnamed individual just violated it!

 

Clothing for Modesty

Some find the apostle Paul’s fashion recommendations questionable;

‘I want women’, he says, ‘to pray in modest apparel. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who clam to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do’  (1 Tim 2:9-10)

 

Clothing for Honor 

Whilst in another place Paul encourages us to cover our privates…

‘In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honour and care are given to those parts that have less dignity’ (1 Cor 12:22-24)

 

Take It Off and Put It On (see both Colossians 3, Ephesians)

Since the beginning of time, taking off and putting on clothing has had cosmic consequences. Paul, a pop-up housing-maker and author of the 1st century continues this thread by encouraging his readers to ‘throw off’ their ‘sinful nature and former way of life corrupted by lust and deception’ and to ‘put on your new nature, created to be like God- truly righteous and holy’

He then lists the items of clothing to take off and the items of clothing to put on;

 

TAKE OFF…

telling lies

anger

stealing

foul/abusive language

bitterness, anger, harsh words, slander, as well as all types of evil behaviour

sexual impurity and greed

 

PUT ON…

‘Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yoursleves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humilty, gentleness, and patience [….] Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony’ (Col 3:9-14)

 

Today’s Fashion Industry

Today’s fashion industry and fashion trends are predicated on many principles that are at odds with the basic principles of heavenly fashion design. But that shouldn’t be so surprising, right? Instead of preserving a person’s modesty, today’s fashion accentuates that which should be reserved

 

Clothed in Our Heavenly Body (2 Cor 5:2-10)

As we know, our own body slowly wears out as we age, and as we pass from the scene, we leave our earthly body behind as we await to be clothed in our new heavenly body…but this all remains a mystery…

 

Dressed in White – What To Wear For The Party (Rev 19:8-14)
Whilst some look to Saville Row or VOGUE magazine for their sense of style and dress, others look to the book of Revelation to be dressed appropriately for the sumptuous feast that awaits those who are chosen…

New forms of Fashion

We are looking for those who want to be involved in new forms of fashion…

Perhaps you are a designer, model, photographer, make-up artist, tailor, boutique owner, manufacturer, textile merchant…get in touch with us here at Newforms…

 

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Steve February 8, 2018 at 7:54 am

Clothed in righteousness is not a phrase I would generally use in conversation yet as I read this, that phrase kept repeating itself to me so I looked it up.

My mind also wondered to armour and then of course to the armour of God.

I am reminded through vivid dreams, posts I follow and life adventures that we are in a battle.

Id like to pray for those who feel not worthy, or not valued and who’s heart or soul is crying out to God maybe seeking a new form of clothes, perhaps they feel dirty or unclean.

Thank you for this thought shower

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Peter J. Farmer February 8, 2018 at 11:00 am

Some great thoughts there Steve!

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