Before the museum was ever built, this has been the dream of event producer Linda Koldehnoven which becomes a reality two years after the museum was built, hosting the faith-fashions event that also featured top designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Chanel.
Koldehnoven said “We came in here. It was just a stone cement floor and steel beams and I walked into the gathering room and I saw the Capitol right outside were the glass was going to be and all I could envision was a very long runway.”
“The Museum of the Bible has on our impact floor a whole couture area where you have the Dolce and the Versace, things that you’ve seen that we have in the Museum of the Bible vault,” explained Koldenhoven. “When you think of all these designers, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, you really don’t think of them as Bible followers. I don’t want to be judgmental, but look at the creations that they make that are inspired by the Bible.”
Author of Style Bible, Stylist Lauren Rothman said “I think that the Bible impacts fashion because fashion was based in history, and what was old always becomes new again and like any other trend biblically inspired clothing is really something that never goes out of style.”
The Museum now have another permanent collection modeled after the Sistine Chapel, a one of the kind dress designed for the museum by Chiara Boni la Petite Robe USA.
President of Chiara Boni La Petite Robe USA, Anthony Vecchione, said “We were asked to create the finale look of the Museum of the Bible biblically inspired Fashion Show, which is an enormous honor,” continued that;”I asked our designer, Chiara Boni, to design an exclusive, one-of-a-kind couture gown specially for this cause, which we will be donating to the museum. We are so proud to participate in such a wonderful event.”
Speaking on the plan for future, Koldenhoven said “We really want to expand on the next one and actually I’m thinking about taking this on the road.”
Display on the impact floor of the museum shows visitors gowns featured in the show.