Gosh, do I owe you many thousands of posts! I have so many thoughts but so little time! But yesterday I took a ton of photos of the hideous clothes at Macy’s (let’s just say that this season is NOT inspiring Miz Bang) and we’ll talk about style and fashion soon.
For right now, though, I want to ask you an important question:
What vestments would you love to own that don’t exist yet?
I was just on the phone with Patty Fitzpatrick, founder and designer of of WomenSpirit.com, talking about fabric and shape and utility of robes of various kinds, and the issue of mic pacs and not robing for summer services and how church culture is changing, and whether anyone wear cinctures anymore and I wanted to open the conversation to you. What kind of robe-ish garment would work for your worship context that you wish you could purchase from a vendor like WomenSpirit?
For myself, I long for a kind of lightweight duster-shaped garment with pockets, that fastens at the clavicle and skims over the body. I could wear this with a stole over a skirt and sleeveless top for warm months.
Because the way my sanctuary is lit, I would like to have brighter colors available: rich blues and greens in particular. I love the idea of a simple robe in a beautiful color with a contrasting fabric panel in a beautiful ethnic textile like indigo or suzani or Indian kantha or the traditional Transylvanian embroidery we get from our Partner Church.
Church culture is changing and so are vestments. We have seen designers take the clericals tradition and run with it in interesting new ways (especially for women clerics), and we are obviously in an era where robe designers are also aware of an opportunity to be creative. But they need our input and collaboration.
If there was a PeaceBang Line of robes for men and women, what would you wish to be included in it?