Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Fashionistas [edited 4 hrs. later]

There is an AP article about the FLDS ladies' apparel: Polygamist Wives' Clothing Looks to Past

Interesting secular viewpoints regarding women who dress "in uniform" for their faith. Modesty seems to offend some people.

Personally, I kind of like the darker dress in picture 2.

And if you are curious about what I look like, the woman on the far left in picture 3 looks a lot like me!

Addendum: I showed my oldest daughter (17) the picture of the lady I thought looked like me and she said, "If you were younger, yeah."

Ooooouch! Ok - She looks like me 20, 10, 15 years ago.

Also, two blurbs from the article that caught my eye:

The clothing is also stitched with special markings "to protect the body and to remind you of you commitment," Bennion says. She declined to go into detail about the stitchings because she said it would be an infraction against the fundamentalist Mormon community to talk about their sacred symbols.

Now I am definitely intrigued by secret sacred symbols! I wonder what they are? Have to Google that later!

Celebrity stylist and salon owner Ted Gibson thinks it gives off a "homely" impression."It says 'I don't really care very much. I really don't have time to worry about the way that I look, because I have 20 children,'" Gibson said. "He's going from wife to wife to wife, so why should I look any better than the other ones?"

On the contrary, I think they care a great deal about how they look. It appears to us that having a uniform (or basically one outfit) to wear over and over would be a no-brainer every morning. But that one outfit has to comply with so many rules regarding length, cut, color, neatness, and, apparently the secret sacred symbols stitched into it! That one outfit isn't just some school uniform, it is God-pleasing work to earn salvation.

They are a brand new breed of Pharisees.


Milehimama said...

I am getting so frustrated at all of the comments in MSM - about "prairie style dresses" and "long braided hair".

How much better might things be in our culture of all women showed the care for modesty and attractiveness that these women did! And... I want to know their secret to tending 14 children without a hair out of place, LOL!

Sue Bee said...

They must be using hairspray. I can't even keep my hair in a scrunchie.

Kelly said...

The symbols are mostly Masonic in nature, because Joseph Smith was a Mason, and he borrowed heavily from that for the LDS Church. They call them their "garments" and I did find a picture online once, so if you google carefully, you might be able to see them. They look like those old 1920's bathing suits.

Genealogy Research said...

To each her own I say. But then I still remember the 30's LOL