|Even shoes can reflect the beliefs of the wearer.|
Looking back in history the progression in women's fashion (especially during the twentieth century) is very obvious. What drives this movement and change? Is it merely the natural progression of time or is something behind it?
I do not claim to have all the answers, but I have read much about fashion, the Catholic Church and society. There have been numerous prophecies and warnings concerning fashion and here are some favorite references:
“Society speaks through the clothing it wears…It is often said almost with passive resignation that fashions reflect the customs of a people. But it would be more exact and much more useful to say that they express the decision and moral direction that a nation intends to take: either to be shipwrecked in licentiousness or maintain itself at the level to which it has been raised by religion and civilization. -Di gran cuore - an allocution of Pope Pius XII to a Congress of the "Latin Union of High Fashion” on November 8, 1957
“Religion does not fear the dagger's point; but it can vanish under corruption. Let us not grow tired of corruption: we may use a pretext such as sport, hygiene, health resorts. It is necessary to corrupt, that our boys and girls practice nudism in dress. To avoid too much reaction, one would have to progress in a methodical manner: first, undress up to the elbow; then up to the knees; then arms and legs completely uncovered; later, the upper part of the chest, the shoulders, etc. etc.” -Letter between two Freemasons in 1928, cited in Dressing with Dignity, by Colleen Hammond, p.62
“There shall come a time such as has not been seen by any man until then…so great a turmoil will occur that no greater shall ever have been nor ever be expected apart from that which shall be experienced at the judgment...The Church shall weep… It is yet far off; but it shall arrive ineluctably…you shall see a sign but you shall not recognize it; but notice at that time women shall dress as men and shall behave licentiously according to their whims, and men shall dress as women.” -St Vincent Ferrer (La Mujer En Pantalones, by Professor Gustavo Daniel Corbi, p.15 and Los Ultimos Tiempos, Circulo, Zaragoza, 3rd Edition, by Rev. Prof. Benjamin Martin Sanchez, pp.63-64.)
“In those times the atmosphere will be saturated with the spirit of impurity which, like a filthy sea, will engulf the streets and public places with incredible license…Innocence will scarcely be found in children, or modesty in women. -Prophecy of Our Lady of Good Success in the 17th century concerning the twentieth
Most modern women probably do not realize the full impact of what they are doing by dressing provocatively or like men. It is extremely revolutionary to do so. Revolution in fashion is very evil since its only object is to move society towards total nudism. We can see this on some public beaches and in many women's fashions. It is becoming more common to see women (and men) wearing less formal clothing and less clothing in general.
The informality and immodesty of clothing will result in damage to society. When restraint is lifted in fashion it is also lifted in the enforcement of morality. In other words, the deterioration of fashion is equal with the deterioration of morals.
If a lady will counter the Revolution of fashion by wearing longer skirts and feminine clothing she will be doing great good! Also, the influence and attraction of others by her counter manner of dress is an excellent way to let others know about this campaign.
|1960s dresses have a fitted bodice with very full skirts|
|1920s Flapper era; dramatic changes seen, much shorter skirts and dresses are loose and boxy|
|1940s dresses are narrower and businesslike sportswear becomes fashionable|
|Modern day women wear pants, traditionally an article of menswear in the western world|