Is there a new look of a Santa to come?
Is the image of ‘ye ole Santa Claus’, one of Christmas past?
Is Santa of Christmas present evolving into
an avant garde fashionisto?
It may well be so-
at least at the Yorkdale Mall in Toronto, Canada
where for the last two years, this shopping centre has employed
fashion model, Paul Mason as its Santa Claus.
Mr. Mason is anything but, a traditional Mr. Claus.
Santa Claus as more commonly envisioned:
The ‘chimney entrance and exit’ jolly, chubby man
in red suit and stocking cap
wide width black belt / shiny gold buckle
with bag filled with toys
(image from fineartamerica.com)
The Santa Claus of the Yorkdale Mall, Toronto Canada
as portrayed by Paul Mason is
high fashion attired
and exudes a bit of ‘bad boy’ attitude
definitely a Sartorial Santa-
a bit of the naughty mixed with the nice.
A modern interpretation of a classic icon
a Sartorial Santa for a Couture Christmas
appearing this holiday season at The Yorkdale Mall, Toronto Canada
(image from gq.com)
A Trapper John-esque Sartorial Santa
(image from journal-news.com)
A new vision on red/white Santa suiting:
white coat/ trousers, red accessories
red high top trainers
a ‘monster face’ hand-held carrier (not a sack in sight!)
(image from gq.com)
Yet, there remains something quite endearing about
the traditional images of Santa Claus and “jolly ole St. Nicholas”.
Greek bishop who became
a 4th century saint
renown for his secret gift giving
became the standard on which Santa Claus is modelled
feast day is 6 December
(image from wall-org.com)
In traditional Finnish costume
(image from kids-britannica.com)
(image from inspirational-quotes-cafe.com)
Loved and anticipated by children
(image from palestiniansurprises.com)
Surely, there is room for additional Santa variants.
With this year’s repeat appearance of Sartorial Santa,
these new ‘Santas’ are not necessarily kiddie focused,
but are geared more towards adult audience appeal.
Ho! Ho! Ho-ttie!
(image from 365news.biz)