The Telegraph is reporting a thoroughly modernizing event nicknamed “The Ideal Church Show.” It’s part of a two-day confab, the Christian Resources Exhibition, an annual church suppliers convention.
More important than the church lighting displays, the parish computer systems, and coffins is the “Righteous Runway”. It features models (seven of whom are ministers)—called “Clergy on the Catwalk—revealing the latest in haute couture for ministers designed by Juliet Hemingray, Hayes and Finch, Cross Designs and J&M Sewing.
Anticipating the event, the Bishop of Middleton, the Right Reverend Mark Davies, said:
It will be interesting to see the variety of clergy robes produced by contemporary designers.
The church has modernised so much in the past 20 years and what clergy wear reflects that change.
Gone are the 50 shades of grey and in has come a spectrum of colour and design which can be seen in everything from a Church of England royal wedding to the humblest Christening in one of our smaller churches.
One of the ministers participating in the event, Taffy Davies of Macclesfield, said:
I have always longed to be a model cleric but I guess I’ll just have to settle for being a clerical model.
According to the Telegraph, it’s expected that the new ecclesiastical raiment will communicate that the traditional, stodgy Anglican church is modernizing and will be effective in attracting “younger audiences.”
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