I stood in front of the show window and considered the words along with the images within and without. The beauty captured in the original creations by the designer had not been diminished by time or wear. Coco Chanel did have a point, “Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.” I would add an “old one.” Elegance begins within and is amplified without.
Life is defined and measured by one’s steps and actions. Destinations provide colour and texture. They are not indicators or measures of a life lived well. Outcomes, the way we touch and influence the lives around us, fill in the details of the decisions and choices we make. It is not the dress. It is the person who fills the dress and brings the dress to life with movement and style.
Designers who know their clients often bring inner beauty to everyone’s attention through the lines, colours, and fabric. Each nuance in their design highlights the wonder and awe within the person who is wearing the creation. It is as if the process is an echo of what Divinity does to our lives; “God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.” (Romans 8.29)
Great design does not fade. Its beauty stands up to the test of time, taking the breath away from the observer in every age. As I looked through the reflection as well as in and past, I reflected on the natural grace of the trees in the reflection, the metaphor represented in the mirror, and the simple yet elegant dress within. With each, there was purpose, intent, and creativity.
I look forward to today, knowing I am my life’s finishing designer. Divinity offers a love pattern. It is up to me to bring it to life.