GERMANY, Bettina Betzner •
I like to wear beautiful and for me stylish clothes, whether at work or privately. Quality is important to me and since this year, sustainability, a new ecological awareness in the spirit of Laudato Si.—
On the one hand, the clothing should emphasize the personality of the wearer, because what we wear and how we wear it is an expression of our soul and sends a personal message to our surroundings. So it is not just a matter of something being “veiled” somehow, but Am I an authentic personality in what I wear, and do the clothes emphasize my charisma as a woman or a man?
The light dresses of Gertraud von Bullion
When Paul says: “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in you, which ye have of God, and that ye are not yourselves” (1 Corinthians 6:19), then speak through my body, even through my garments, the Triune God who dwelleth in me and created me. I do not belong to myself!
I would like – perhaps surprisingly – to turn my attention to Gertraud von Bullion. For me she is a role model for today and a female personality of her time. Her time was the first decades of the last century.
Gertraud von Bullion, in the community of the Schoenstatt Women’s Federation, pointed out light, beautiful clothes and did not even prefer the dark clothes of that time, as we know them from photos of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers. She was open about the question of clothing and she made it known, or may I say: she was unprejudiced toward those who thought differently? She was authentic, which was shown by her clothes, which were plain and simple and chic. Gertraud had found her style as a personality.
It is important to me that it is not only about the clothes themselves, but also about a personal lifestyle, a radiance that puts people in the right light.
Style means: to be a coherent and authentic personality created by God. Having a style is expressed in the way I interact and communicate with others. Having a style is the way I live, the way I deal with my fellow human beings, and in doing so I am committed to questioning my actions and to interpreting my everyday life, in the smallest actions, and to orienting it towards God.
In times of Corona this view of human beings gets another dimension.
An ecologically harmonious style
Since the issue of climate change and environmental protection, the question of my consumer behaviour and sustainability moves me even more.
Quality I want to continue to buy consciously, also clothes with style, which is beautiful.
Some time ago, I discovered “Secontique” for myself: Secondhand clothing that is high-quality and therefore sustainable, ecological, social and global. In her flyer it says:
“We all know that we must be more careful with the resources at our disposal. However, especially in the textile sector, more and more clothing is being produced due to ever faster changes in collections. This results in enormous ecological and social costs worldwide. In order to conserve resources, Secontique runs a well-assorted Second-Hand shop offering fashionable and well-preserved second-hand clothes”.
With a good feeling I can make a donation of clothes and buy clothes there. I do not consume, but take from the available supply and participate in the cycle through my clothing donation.
I look at my great female figure Gertraud von Bullion. I wonder if she would have shopped like that: consciously, sustainably, ecologically, socially, but with style and in keeping with her type, emphasizing her personality to bring out her God-given charisma?
I’d like to have a talk with her. It would be very interesting to discover her views and hear from her. Secretly, I am sure she would have done the same to emphasize her feminine style, her feeling for beautiful, simple and sustainable clothing.
Original: German 18.05.2020 Translation: Lindsay Burger, Ohio, USA