Last Sunday (1. feb. 2015) I went to the church to attend a mass with my granddaughter who will have her confirmation in the spring. Part of her preparation before the confirmation is to attend 10 masses. I’m her godmother and we are supposed to go with the teenagers at least in one of those masses.The mass we attended was not traditional it was especially for a group of people called “Friends in recovery” (“Vinir í bata”) but everyone were welcome. I decided before I arrived to make a non-formal investigation for this blog on the clothes people were wearing in the church. There were about fifty-sixty people in the church, mostly women at all ages and only a few men and teenagers. The weather was warm, about 1°C, raining and the snow was disappearing. I wrote down what types of clothes I saw, except for the priests´ ceremonial dress. Here are the main examples of clothes people were wearing:
- Sports wear /a cardigan, label. A wool sweater, handknitted and delicate. A red long wool cardigan, machine knitted. A long black cardigan, machine knitted. A black long shirt or jacket. Two colored lady’s jacket. A white cotton shirt. A yellow ladys´west. A blue lady’s shirt.
- A short black dress with shiny silver pattern on the shoulders, back and front, little bit like a fish scale. Black lace blouse with an orange shirt underneath. Black dress. A suit (young boy).
- Jeans (ladies). Canvas pants (young boy). Black pants. Lleggings.
- Short black skirt. Check and pleated skirt with a gray pattern. “Semi long” skirt.
- A light coloured coat. A red windbracer. A turquoise windbracer.
- Fur collars (very popular). Shawls.
- High shoes. Boots (lether not rubber). Sneakers. Black shoes.
- Long necklaces and rings (not very prominent/áberandi).
- Labels: 66°N. Nike. ZOON.
- Black clothes were very popular.
When I compare clothes to “my Zeigeist” there are several connections that appear. The theme of the group “Friends in recovery” is directly connected to healthy lifestyles. Previously we had connected healthy lifestyles to Economics. In a church people can seek spiritual wellbeing at no extra cost. Hand knitted sweaters made from Icelandic wool are are connected to the Financial collapse in Iceland 2008. Then it became more popular to do things yourself. http://www.planiceland.com/Lopapeysa/ Machine knitted clothes made from Icelandic wool can/are also influenced by the Financial collapse and also influenced by Icelandic designers that work a lot with this material. ttp://www.geysir.com/collections/womens The Financial collapse influenced knitted clothes both for designers and the public. Labels: 66°North is an Icelandic label although the clothes are made abroad. 66°N makes various outdoor clothing https://www.66north.com/ Zoon is also an Icelandic label that makes sport clothes http://www.zo-on.is/ Nike is an international label selling clothes all over the world. http://www.nike.com/language_tunnel The jeans I saw in the church were classic, that is they were not with holes (made on purpose) that are quite popular today. The jeans did not have many details on them. In my Zeitgeist group we compared Suits vs. Jeans and as an example we looked at the formor Mayor of Reykjavik, Jon Gnarr. He came to the “ráðhúsið” wearing jeans. Elin Hirst a member of the Icelandic parliament also were jeans at the parliament but was asked to go and change to more formal clothing. http://eyjan.pressan.is/frettir/2013/07/04/elin-hirst-kvartar-undan-misretti-a-thingi-svartar-og-raudar-gallabuxur-i-lagi-en-ekki-blaar/ I don’t think wearing jeans it’s directly connected to a special age group or a special occasion. As an example I once saw a man in his seventies wearing jeans at a funeral. Here it was a woman wearing jeans in the church http://bleikt.pressan.is/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/3cbd5ecfba-607×456-o.jpg People were jeans at all occasions. Fur kragar: Several women were wearing a fur kragi in the church. I do not know if they were real or fake. In My Zeitgeist fabrics are connected to the Character of Era, there down was mentioned. This time of the year is the season for wearing fur, even though it was not particularly cold on this day. It is and has been fashionable for several years now to wear fur.