Liturgical fashion show with cleric models

2012-10-02T08:00:00Z 2013-04-13T23:11:20Z Liturgical fashion show with cleric modelsBY DEBRA D. BASS • Post-Dispatch Fashion Editor • dbass@post-dispatch.com • 314-340-8236 stltoday.com

This will surely give new meaning to the term "fashion faithful."

St. Louis-based designer Jeff Wunrow of Jeff Wunrow Designs decided to piggy-back on the hype of St. Louis Fashion Week by hosting a preamble of sorts featuring his fashion designs.

Fashions for the Faithful: A Liturgical Runway Show will take place at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., Monday at Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust Street. St. Louis Fashion Week (no affiliation) begins Tuesday.

Wunrow designs liturgical vestments full-time and he's quite success. He ships garments to most states in the country and a handful internationally. He's most known for using high-end fabrics, couture sewing techniques and contemporary interpretations of religious symbols.

His liturgical stoles start at around $125 and his chasubles or other robes worn by the clergy or choristers during services can cost up to $700.

His runway show of chasubles, dalmatics (wide-sleeved tunics), stoles and banners will be on display against the backdrop of the historic reredos in the gothic nave of Christ Church Cathedral. Wunrow's models will be two dozen faithful clients, including local clergy and lay leaders from several religious denominations.

Wunrow's clients are largely Episcopal, but he works regularly with members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ. Currently, he's working on an elaborate and daunting commission for Chicago's St. James Episcopal Cathedral that involves incorporating architectural details from the churches interior into the garments.

His work is so treasured because he employs a number of couture techniques and uses beautiful high-end fabrics like his favorite silk duponi, a luxe shimmering fabric.

Wunrow speculated that this would be the first ecumenical fashion show in the city ... possibly the country. I'd have thought he'd win that bet.

Surprisingly, it's not a first in country. A very cursory search of the internet turned up shows for clerics at religious conventions and for liturgical faith dancer apparel.

Still, I'd be shocked if this wasn't the first show of original liturgical designs featuring various faiths attempting to link itself to a regional fashion week, but I doubt that will gain the event a Guinness Book entry.

It's obviously, free and open to the public, but something tells me donations would be acceptable.

Debra D. Bass is the Post-Dispatch Fashion Editor. Follow her @DebraBass on TwitterPinterest and Instagram; or subscribe to her Facebook feed at facebook.com/debrabass.

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Fashion editor Debra D. Bass is a native of Las Vegas who now calls St. Louis home. She believes that fashion can be glorious, exalting, frustrating, capricious and humorous, but good style is above reproach.

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