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Fashion show held in the American Cathedral in Paris

Fashion show held in the American Cathedral in Paris

The center for the Episcopal church in Europe, the American Cathedral in Paris, played host to an Americana-themed collection last week, hosting the collective known as ‘Vetements’ and their Autumn/Winter 2016 show.

Fifty American flags, one for each state, were hung from the ceiling, and models walked down the aisle as a runway, wearing hooded sweatshirts emblazoned with English phrases, pajama-inspired tops and bottoms, and an assortment of plaid shirts and other, stranger, outfits.

You can view photos of the outfits on Fashion Week Daily, and see the runway walks in a video below:

What do you think? Would you be willing to host an odd event at your church? Why do you think the American Cathedral hosted this show?

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christopher seitz

BTW, The American Church in Paris, in case you have not seen it, is a stunning architectural gem. Left bank right on the Seine. It is interdenominational and has an extremely professional music and education program. It is the oldest protestant church building in Paris. Not to be missed just for a visit to eye-ball.

Paul Woodrum

Understanding its history and (full disclosure) as a Yankee, I’m not in favor of the Confederate Battle Flag outside history exhibits, but the American Cathedral in Paris, if it must fly secular state flags, can hardly be expected to fly only 49 of them and treat Mississippi as if it has succeeded in seceding.

As to a fashion show in the cathedral, the nave is the people’s place. Episcopalians have always had more fun, like those with whom Jesus liked to dine, that those dour Presbyterians who tend to act like that older brother who stayed home.

Prof. Christopher Seitz

Or all those “dour Christians” packing out St Germain de Pres as a genuine parish church.

I was there several Sundays ago and saw 600 Paris folk: young and old and families and devoted RC of every color and race. At just one Sunday mass.

The church of Henry Luce III money would be happy to have 100 regulars and tourists. Dour or otherwise. It has never struck me a particularly “more fun” place but I didn’t think that was a desideratum. Even one they courted…

Gary Paul Gilbert

I see nothing wrong with holding a fashion show at the American Cathedral. It is wrong to display a flag incorporating the Confederate battle flag. As the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, said when asked why half his cabinet are women and minorities: “This is 2016.”

Gary Paul Gilbert

Prof. Christopher Seitz

It seems a bit odd to speak of an American parish as serving the French community in any serious sense, and so just plugging into its native Paris constituency…

I suspect the largest church serving Paris is St Germain de Pres on the Left Bank.

The American Church in Paris (Presbyterian in background) is a much bigger congregation than the Cathedral of the American TEC.

The American Cathedral (TEC) was probably the venue because it can have the latitude to accept this kind of thing, like the idea, and may also appreciate the income.

Ann Fontaine

I like it – creativity and fun in church. What’s not to like. In the past cathedrals were like an indoor market. (altar rails to keep out the livestock).

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