Traditionally, Buddhists have two ways of seeing fashion; either as an art form or a symbol of materialism. Buddhists of importance are frequently associated with the “kasaya”, a robe formed of three garments that was worn during prayer and meditation. These robes were usually fabricated in accordance with the colour palette of the Buddhist flag – red, yellow, orange and deep blue. Another feature of traditional Buddhist dress is the stand-up collar that is still commonly replicated by designers today. This is a style which has become associated with Buddhism despite its origins being in traditional Mandarin dress.

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Written by Jacob Hall

Jacob Hall is a modern languages student currently working freelance as a fashion journalist. Can generally be found lurking around the Givenchy menswear section of the Birmingham Bullring!

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