Thursday, July 3, 2008

Mormons at Fashion Week? by Sybil Adelman Sage

Fashion Week may be more colorful next year as the Mormon polygamist wives are getting into the clothing business, introducing a new line of pastel, cotton children's clothing they're hoping to sell on their web site.

This should be a relief to parents whose kids had been running around the house demanding, "Get me clothes like those!" after seeing the sherbet-frocked women on television.

The entrepreneurs are counting on an interest in modest clothes. My advice would be - before going into mass production -- they should visit New York's Meatpacking District to get an idea of what those who don't live on a Texas ranch are wearing.

Being offered are dresses, overalls, shirts, pants, nightgowns, sleepers, onesies for babies and, the ever-popular, ankle-to-wrist underwear so many of us have been clamoring for. If there's a demand, they would consider adding women's apparel.

If this catches on, look to other religions to follow. The knock-off shops on Canal Street are, no doubt, clearing shelves to make room.