Originally founded by four creative entrepreneurs from Tampa, Florida, the first Christian Fashion Week was held in 2013, showcasing the work of eight American designers. The founders realized that, when it came to the church’s views on fashion, there was a warped belief about modesty that doesn’t actually appear in any scriptures. The organization hopes to educate the public on this, while also being activists for some of the critical issues that are often ignored within the industry. They decided that the best way to do this was through fashion shows, showcasing designers from all over the world, and it is this passion that has helped Christian Fashion Week to grow to what it is today.
Changing the Fashion Industry
Christian Fashion Week hopes to affect change in certain areas within the fashion industry. In addition to advocating for contextual modesty, they also stand for affordable and sustainable fashion, as well as ethical labor practices. The movement also advocates for the responsible use of natural resources, trying to bring awareness to the fact that the textile industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. The topic of ethical fashion is one that has been debated many times in recent years, and CFW hopes to promote the idea that there are many ethical options when it comes to creating high fashion.
CFW 2015 – The Designers
The eleven designers that showcased their work at CFW 2015 were diverse, but each extremely talented, making for a dynamic and fascinating show. Tatjana Sladojvec and her brand Noka Posh showed a collection inspired by dance, while Kirsten Warner’s collection combined her two big passions in life – figure skating and fashion. Angel Myers had a fabulous plus sized collection, while Viji Reddy is an award-winning artist that creates the most exquisite handmade textiles. Julia Chew, a CFW veteran, was also at the event, presenting a one-of-a-kind Xiaolin garment created especially for the show. While the designers that were chosen for the show all have modesty as one of their core values, the organization emphasized that their main priorities were making sure that each brand paid extra attention to human rights and environmental issues. Modesty was something that the organization advocated for in their first two years, but have since then grown weary of the unsupported bias against short hemlines and form fitting garments, believing that God is likely to have more important issues on His mind.
While Christian Fashion Week’s annual designer showcase has received plenty of attention and praise, the future is currently shaky for the organization. They, unfortunately, dubbed their 2015 fashion week as their final season, as they need financial support to continue on in the future. If you would like to know more about how you can help, OROGOLD suggests contacting them through their website.