Do you know why?
On Friday morning, as part of the Mormon History Association conference in Missouri, Debi Brady and Kelly Lelegren both discussed how in the mid- to late-19th century President Brigham Young feared that Mormons were becoming slaves to fashion.
Lelegren quoted President Young as saying, "It is beneath the character of the Latter-day Saints that they should have no more independence of mind or feeling then to follow after the groveling customs and fashions of a poor, miserable wicked world."
For the first few decades after the Mormons arrived in Utah, Brigham Young often preached on the importance of self-sufficiency, as he hoped to build a true Zionlike community. Lelegren explained that President Young wanted members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "to make every possible thing themselves, including fashion."