The search is on for contributors to Clergy on the Catwalk, a special presentation of clerical clothing at the upcoming Christian Resources Exhibition (NAEC, Stoneleigh Park, 4/5 Mar 2020).
A wide variety of formal and informal ecclesiastical clothing, for both genders, will be displayed by leading designers like Hayes and Finch, Collared clergywear and local designer Rev Naomi Nixon, new CEO of the Student Christian Movement. In her spare time, Naomi makes clerical tops and dresses to sell in Coventry’s St Clare’s at the Cathedral, a pioneer church community and shop, tucked between old and new cathedrals.
‘All Naomi’s items are high-quality cotton jersey, in beautiful prints and colours,’ said Rev Charlotte Gale (pictured above), who runs the shop. ‘We aim to provide well-made, comfortable and stylish clothes that fit “real” women and can be bought off the shelf – so no ordering and waiting.’
Clergy all over the UK have bought Naomi’s clericals but in the diocese of Coventry you are likely to see several women at a meeting of ministers wearing one of her tops or dresses. No men are supplied because ‘we can’t keep up with demand from women!’
Up to half a dozen clergy will be needed for the catwalk which takes place at 11am on Wed 4 March.
‘No modelling experience is required. All denominations, shapes, ages – and both genders – considered!’ explains CRE Midlands event director Brett Pitchfork. ‘Each participant will be given £50 as a thank you.’
Clergy wishing to take part in Clergy on the Catwalk should contact CRE on 0161 240 4500. Email here.