Guest blog by Annika Thomas
Surrounding our bodies with beautiful garments, fabrics, jewelry and scents can be like an offering to the Goddess.
To honor our inner beauty, sensuality and the temple of our body, can be a way to, if only for a glimpse, embody the Goddess, to deeply connect with her. A Path of Beauty…
But is it really possible to dress a Goddess? And how would the garments look?
Questions like these have been so important to me in my life that I more than 20 years ago left my job as chief designer of Levi’s Scandinavia, to search for more meaningful ways of designing clothes.
Growing up, my single, working mum (who had to ”wear pants”) was my primary role model. The patriarchal society around me, which idealized certain traits of being human while suppressing others, also had a big impact on who I came to be.
I managed to play my part with flying colors, but I never felt at home. I had no roots. Deep down I was lost and scared.
A deep crisis in my late twenties (truly a blessing in disguise) made me aware of the immencity of what had been sacrificed in the way I was living my life, and I experienced a deep longing for Feminine Spirit. Nothing else felt important and my life’s quest started right there.
A central issue for me was to understand the difference between feminine fashion and true Femininity. Here are some things I realized:
Clothes can only embody the values they were made from.
If we want to understand these values we need to look at how and why a specific garment evolved. Let’s take jeans as an example: When the Roman empire fell around 400 AD, the respect for the whole, uncut piece of fabric was lost and trousers (which helped make a person mobile and active) made an entry into men’s clothing. Riveted jeans in denim were created for rough work in the 1870’s by Levi Strauss. It wasn’t until the mid 20th century that women, a result of a change in gender roles, were allowed to wear trousers. (My focus is not on gender roles, but on the energetic patterns of women)
The fashion world is built on a concept of modeling behavior through idealization, which creates a consciousness that is split up in parts. This robs the true Feminine of its power.
The Goddess embodies all counterparts, which is why her power is so enormous. Our challenge is to find garments that embody wholeness and deeper values.
Here are some notes from my drawing table where a collection is unfolding:
- Timeless beauty
- Integration of opposites (healing the split between polarities)
- Respect for the whole piece of fabric (cutting it up as little as possible)
- Transparency, flexibility
- Richly decorated fabrics
- Patterns that carry deeper meaning
- Patterns that integrate opposite characteristics
- Natural patterns with movement and flow
- Patterns without sharp borders (diffuse awareness)
- Comfortable garments that support movement (flow and expansion)
- Garments that open outwards, where you see inner layers, (several dimensions)
What do clothes for a Goddess look like to you?
Annika Thomas is a designer of clothes and textile patterns. Her main focus is to create clothes and fabrics that can help us find inner balance and feel good. She has written several books about the deeper sides of cloth & clothing and how different colors, shapes and patterns affect us.
Photo by AlicePopkorn