Fall/Winter 20

“The Immaculate Sin”

Mary the mother of Jesus Mary the wife Mary the woman Mary the sex worker Often times the name “Mary” is associated with chastity. The story around the person of Mary always revolves around her virginity as at the birth of Jesus and this narrative has been used as a tool to police the bodies of women and the expression of their sexuality. But there was also Mary Magdalene, a sex worker, a woman who wasn’t going to be tied down by societal expectations. A woman who had full autonomy of her body. She was aware of her sexuality and the power it holds and wasn’t ashamed to use it for her benefit even while living in very conservative times. Mary Magdalene was a far cry from Mary the mother of Jesus. This collection draws inspiration from these two significant women and their very opposite narratives which are both valid.