Marilyke Fashion

In 1953, Reverend Bernard Kunkel of Bartelso, Illinois launched the Marilyke fashion movement. Dresses that were sufficiently modest, like the Virgin Mary would have worn (i.e. 'Marilyke'), were given a seal of approval in the form of a Marilyke tag they could display. The tags were "there to guide the Catholic girls."

It seems that only wedding dresses and formal gowns were tagged. As Kunkel noted, "There's not much to be done about bathing suits... We strongly disapprove of the trend in modern bathing suits."

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source: University of Dayton

Detroit Free Press - June 13, 1955

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 09, 2021
     Category: Fashion | Religion | 1950s

Hm. I really cannot remember anything from the Gospels about how Mary dressed. Jesus, yes - he was a Nazarene, so no cutting of hair, for example - but not his mum.
Posted by Richard Bos on 04/10/21 at 05:19 AM
If this poor priest disapproved of 1950s bathing suits, I can only imagine how he reacted to string bikinis 15 years later.

Also, it’s a well known fact that Mary was fond of tube tops and Daisy Dukes...
Posted by Brian on 04/12/21 at 01:58 PM
There are a good number of statuary and figurines from Biblical times. Amplifying, even exhibiting, the breasts was a major thing.

Although the Bible instructs that men are not to wear women's clothes, and vice versa, the differences were generally minor, particularly among the lower classes.

I wonder how the good priest felt about women wanting to wear a tuxedo.
Posted by Phideaux on 04/12/21 at 03:02 PM
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