In the 1980s, Madonna drove religious leaders into a tizzy by garnishing her racy lingerie look with rosaries and crucifixes. The icing on the cake? Thousands of girls, Christian or not, adopted the look lace gloves, mesh shirts, blasphemous baubles and all. One of the major complaints about the use of religious symbols in fashion is that it waters down their spiritual meaning. In May 2002, Vatican news agency Fides issued a statement criticizing celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Aniston, and Catherine Zeta-Jones for turning the cross into an expensive, jewel-encrusted mania of the moment. The crucifix, once the hallowed symbol of an entire faith, had been reduced to a fashion statement. Like Madonna, revolutionaries throughout the years have enjoyed using fashion to subvert religion. In 1999, French photographer Bettina Rheims caused an uproar when she displayed a photo of Jesus wearing a Helmut Lang T-shirt and Mary wearing Jean-Paul Gaultier and Manolo Blahnik in a Berlin exhibit. And the Church, generally less than pleased with the attention, rarely stands idly by. Rebel fashion team Imitation of Christ who showed their spring 2001 collection at a funeral parlor, complete with a casket and mourning models has fought a long-standing feud with Catholic League president Bill Donohue. In 2000, Donohue called the line a cheap way to make a fast buck off rather stupid people and made the bizarre offer to give them his old pair of jeans with puke on them for a bachelor party. Designer Tara Subkoff fired back, If youre the head of the Catholic League, why are you puking on your jeans at a bachelor party? Fans realized that the religious imagery in all of these examples was done with a twist of humor. Imitation of Christ isnt really making a serious statement on the Church; Madonna was simply being, well, : Buy best selling! brand fashion men’s polo shoes … Ltf : Buy best selling! brand fashion men’s polo shoes … Ltf

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