JTA — Has the Jewish prayer shawl become a fashion statement?
Vogue photographer Phil Oh captured the New York Fashion Week: Men’s participant on Thursday wearing a black wool coat and a black beanie to go with the dark-striped prayer shawl.
The tallit has long been an inspiration for retail fashion. Last month, H&M offered a near-tallit scarf that it subsequently apologized for. The company also sold a tallit-esque poncho back in 2011. Old Navy had a similar cardigan last year.
But real Jewish prayer gear hitting the fashion circuit in New York — not to mention the webpages of Vogue — seems like a new development.
So when New York Fashion Week, the main event, starts next week (Feb. 10-18), can we expect to see teffilin on the runway? Anything’s possible in fashion — as Jean Paul Gaultier’s 1993 Hasidic-chic winter collection proves.