What would Jesus wear?
A Wolverhampton church will be turned into a catwalk to raise awareness about ‘fast fashion’ on Monday 11 February.
St Peter’s in the city centre will host the multi-media ‘Re:Dress’ event from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
The evening will include a fashion show where people will model clothes from local charity shops along with a market-place and clothes swap and spoken word pieces.
It is part of a wider Re:Dress project in Lichfield Diocese to raise awareness of the human and environmental cost of the fast fashion and textile industry.
An estimated 100 billion garments are manufactured every year, often overseas in factories with poorer working conditions and production that can lead to pollution, a drain on natural resources, modern slavery and mountains of unwanted clothes heading to landfill.
Lindsey Hall, Diocesan Director of Vocations, said: “We’re really looking forward to the event which will involve the local community in fun and creative ways, give people the chance to swap unwanted clothes and provide real food for thought.
“Re:Dress explores care for our neighbour and responsible consumerism as a way of thinking about what it means to be followers of Christ in everyday life, in the clothes we buy and wear and in our awareness of the plight of brothers and sisters around the world.”
More information and tickets are available for the event here or on Facebook @ReDressLichfield
Lichfield Diocese has signed up to the Clewer Initiative which is helping churches to support victims of modern slavery and identify signs of exploitation in their communities. Over 40 million people are victims of modern slavery globally, including many linked to the fashion industry. It is estimated that G20 countries import almost £100 billion worth of garments at risk of including modern slavery in their supply chain every year and UK imports of apparel possibly tainted by slave labour are worth over £7 billion annually.
Re:Dress is linked to the CHAD Living initiative which is exploring what it means to follow Christ in the modern world, through everyday choices, habits, actions and decisions.
Pictured: The Revd Dr Abbie Walsh (left), Curate at St Peter’s Church, and Lindsey Hall, Diocesan Director of Vocations, get ready for the fast fashion event.