Kate Middleton Goes Hasidic Chic

This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

The Duchess goes for the capote and shtreiml look.

Just last week we were treated to a provocative fashion spread in Israel’s Belle Mode magazine that was both inspired by and meant to protest the exclusion of women in the public sphere. In it, the models struck sexy poses, wearing ultra-Orthodox garb, in a vintage bus.

As highly unlikely as the scenes in those photos would be in real life, we now learn of another highly improbable connection between high fashion and the Haredim. It turns out that none other than the Duchess of Cambridge is walking around in clothes meant to imitate those worn by ultra-Orthodox Jews. We’re not even talking about the long skirts and high necklines of Haredi women’s wear — but rather referring to the long (typically black) coats, or capotes, worn by Hasidic men.

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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One Response to “Kate Middleton Goes Hasidic Chic”

  1. Bill rosenfeld Says:

    Renee,
    Great good work. No Hasidim here in Utah, but the skiing is exceptional. Love to you all,
    bill

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