The Modest Fashionista Who Became Cutting Edge

As a fashion maven, I’ve noticed that in New York, many Orthodox Jewish women  favor modest, well-made clothing that just falls short of—or maybe intentionally steps aside from—chic or cutting edge.

Enter Batsheva Hay, nee Rosenberg, a self-styled fashionista who cultivated her penchant for mixing vintage with contemporary pieces to create her own unique look. Recent profiles in the New Yorker and the New York Times reveal a fascinating story: When she was in her twenties, and working as a lawyer in New York City, she met a photographer named Alexi Hay, a well known fashion photographer. Hay had recently become an Orthodox Jew, and he nurtured a growing interest in Orthodox clothing. Batsheva shared his interest and he even began photographing her wearing the covered up styles favored by the frum. 

One comment on “The Modest Fashionista Who Became Cutting Edge

  1. EvelynKrieger on

    I wouldn’t say the orthodox modesty rules are meant to “identify as part of the tribe” or “keep them apart”, though this may be a by-product of the practice. Rather, its focus is on dignity and privacy, as well as the inner woman–dressing attractive but not to attract.

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