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Hot Under The Collar
Clerical Wear in the Summer

With some of the hottest temperatures recorded in history throughout the UK, it’s time that we talk about how to stay cool in the remaining summer months. We know that the burden of clerical wear in the summer can often be the rigid structure of the collar to allow for a crisp clerical collar insert. […]

Catholic Origins
The Graduation Cap

The graduation ceremony is a coming-of-age tradition and has remained a prestigious acknowledgement of someone successfully achieving an academic milestone. With many aspects of the graduation ceremony changing over the years, one traditional garment seems impervious from going out of fashion – the graduation cap. Along with the gown, the graduation cap is one of the […]

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Vatican Breaks Record for Vestments Exhibit

In 2018, the Vatican lent some of its most sacred pieces of liturgical vestments from the Sistine Chapel’s sacristy to a New York gallery for secular exhibition. the Metropolitan Museum of Art is titled Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. It is said to be the most popular show that the Met has ever conducted, breaking […]

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The Rising Figures of Women Clergy

Church of England figures show a prominent rising in women clergy members after strong support and encouragement from male clergymen. Catherine Nancekievill, the church’s head of discipleship and vocation, said that “changing attitudes are definitely a factor”. The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who joined the Church after a successful career in nursing, is considered a […]

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Changing of the Garb – Clergy Fashion

Tradition is a word that is thrown around all too often and without full consideration of the weighted meaning behind it. A common misconception is that clergy fashion is unchanging and tends to be considered “traditional” by those looking in from the outside. The truth of the matter is that clerical clothing in particular has […]

Writer Articles
The Dorcas Dress Project – Fastening faith and fashion together

Faith and fashion Here at Hammond and Harper we like to keep our ears to the ground for interesting stories and items that we think you, as members of the clerical community and our customers, would like to hear about. That being said, we are pleased to say that we’ve recently encountered a new fashion […]