Yay, I’m not alone!
That’s how I felt when I read the New York Times article about the religious conflicts designers and fashionistas experienced during the Fashion Week/Rosh Ha-Shana (Jewish New Year) clash (Jewish Holy Days Collide with Fashion’s Big Event). Don’t get me wrong. I don’t revel in others’ anxiety. But being a Jew who observes all the holidays, I can’t help but relate. To give you some context, just yesterday was Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, and in a few days is ANOTHER set of holidays.
You see a number of designers wanted to celebrate the holiday themselves or ensure that their observant clientele could be present during their shows. But they didn’t want to ruin their chances of success either and move or cancel their exhibitions. I too feel constant unease (that’s putting it mildly) with my choice of religion over work duties. There’s no question that I will observe the holidays, but I always worry that my boss, colleagues or clients may need me and I’ll let them down or miss a big opportunity.
Despite the shared feelings of pain at the dilemmas they felt, the most intense reaction is one of pride. I’m pretty impressed that tradition still matters, even during Fashion Week, fashion’s most important time of the year. Indeed the most fashionable care about religion, just like me!
I guess you could say that tradition is still, well, in fashion (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). And that’s pretty beautiful to me.