Ooooh, what fun!! Cookies, LOOKY! A whole fashion show of vestments for us to critique! Of course we’ll do so in the most Christian of manners, remembering that Jesus would never- even when he was totally horrified by the color combos worn by his fellow rabbis– ever say anything outright insulting about their garb. I mean, how could the man who said, “Don’t worry about what you’re going to wear! The lilies of the field are awesome and stuff” get catty about clothes? Of course I paraphrase. What Jesus actually said was “Behold the lilies of the field! They neither sew nor do they knit nor do they shop retail, and even Solomon in all his glory could not rock the runway like one of these!” It’s in Luke. I think. Maybe Matthew. You have your own Bible: you can look it up yourself.
At any rate, thank you to the Twitteur, @DukeofVinings, for sending me the link to the Parish Fashion Show. Those Brits are just so much fun. Let’s make a cuppa and have a look. Click on the images if you want to enlarge them for better scrutiny.
This man is so happy to be there that I can’t help but smile and feel real affection for him. In all seriousness, I am in Newtown, CT right now visiting my sister, and it’s a sad world here. Although I feel like, “Oh, Father! You have a whole picture book down your front! It’s a bit much,” another part of me just loves that the little tinies have something to “read” in church. It’s also beautifully rendered, unlike some of the truly tacky child-oriented stoles I’ve seen in my life. I’m not implying that this is a vestment that one would only wear to appeal to children, but it does have a distinctly child-like pastoral innocence about it:
Reverend Sister Girl! The Holy Spirit is dive-bombing your tummy! I’m worried! Again, this clergywoman radiates joy and love for God’s creation, and that’s more powerful than anything, but I do think the chasuble — especially when held out that way – looks like a heartburn commercial.
The Moses-parting-the-waters pose here cracks me up, but the chasuble is gorgeous and again, I love the sweet spirit of the man modeling it. I want a hug from him. This chasuble has bling factor and is festooned with Swarovski crystals. Read the comments on the article and you’ll see that, as per usual, the general public doesn’t approve of the opulence. This is because the Church has not made it clear to people that in wearing beautiful artwork as ceremonial garb, we are celebrating Beauty as a transcendent value. I don’t think it’s an unfair question to ask, “Couldn’t this money be better used to feed the poor?” To me, a more fitting question would be, “Couldn’t this money be better spent beautifying ugly, poverty-stricken environments in our city?” Also: this garment needs to be worn by someone who is appropriately groomed for it. Wild hair on head and face create a disconnect between the man of the cloth and the cloth:
I love these next two chasubles. Gorgeous.
What is the function of this cape garment, Pigeons? Being of a very low church tradition, I know nothing about them. These are stunning. Again, I don’t think the grooming of the young priest lives up to the vestments. A chignon would be just right, and impeccable posture, please.
Gal Priest about town! What do you think? I do believe this is the wave of the future, kids! If she’s going to wear an untucked clerical shirt (yes, I do appreciate that it’s shaped to be worn untucked) and a short, kicky little girlie skirt, I’m grateful she’s wearing opaque black tights with the ensemble.