During London Fashion week this February, people were seen parading bright colours from head to toe in every texture imaginable, from spikes to furs to plaids and prints. All as if trying to compete in this furious game of fashion.
Fashion is sprinkled throughout God’s Word and can be presented as a strong symbol. Flipping through the pages of Esther, you can see how Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in “royal robes of blue and white…and a garment of fine linen and purple” (verse 8:15). In Isaiah it speaks of a rich red wine colour, like that of the blood of Christ, “Why is Your apparel red, and Your garments like the one who treads in the wine press?” In Judges it talks about the adornment of jewellery, “The weight of the gold earrings that he requested was 1,700 shekels of gold, besides the crescent ornaments and the pendants …which were on the kings of Midian” (verse 8:26).
But fashion today can also be misrepresented. Instead of being used for good, it can also be used in a form of manipulation.
There is a buzzword going on today called “fast fashion.” But what does this word exactly mean? Basically, you can get what you want right now, and fast. Walk into any common clothing shop that offers great deals and cheap buys and you’re instantly tempted to grab some fast fashion.
Brands then begin competing against each other for market shares and they introduce more lines per year at lower costs. You may end up buying something you don’t really need that ends up in a pile after just a few washes. And this fashion isn’t authentically or ethically made. There are consequences to fast fashion, with precious people labouring in sweat shops to create them.
A tragic and serious fact is there are many people creating this fashion being abused and used today. A staggering estimate of at least 10,000 victims are in modern slavery in the UK. This statistic is a reality that we must fight to change.
Modern day slavery is very real. It’s not just about having an ethical wardrobe or buying organic materials. It’s about seeking to conquer the act of modern day slavery and reducing child and slave labour around the world.
“How can I help?” you may be asking.
- Start by adding ethical clothing to your wardrobe or by seeking out brands that create their clothes authentically. Even more importantly, there are movements that seek to end modern day slavery right now. Organizations like the “End It Movement” (https://enditmovement.com/) lead an example in the fight for freedom, shining a light on modern day slavery. “Exodus Cry (http://exoduscry.com/)” is another organisation that believes every person should be free. They have created a film that awakens the passion of seeking those in desperate need of help. They focus on seeking those who are in need of holistic restoration and have a burning desire to see a world free from the chains of slavery.
- Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Stretch yourself further by supporting ministries that are already doing something now and uphold them in prayer. Pray for your brothers and sisters and the precious faces of those locked into abuse.
“Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. Pray for your brothers and sisters,” Ephesians 6:18.
Fashion can be used for good. After all, Jesus is and will always be the most powerful example of everything, including fashion, because His style is timeless. “Who is this who comes from Edom, With garments of glowing colours from Bozrah, This One who is majestic in His apparel, marching in the greatness of His strength? It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save” Hebrews 2:7.
Next time think twice about the person who created that thing which is super accessible, cheap, or easy to buy. Reach out and be that change to end modern day slavery. With prayer and support, we are one step closer to seeing change. Let’s continue shining a light on this present day crisis.