Contemporary Vestments - “Advent”

Commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of Winchester Cathedral.

Purple colours predominate. The theme for the vestments, including the Bishops Cope, was “The Beginning of Light,” the coming of dawn from the dark of the night. The main dark purple rough textures of raw silk represents sobriety. The tiny mirrors sewn into the dark silk represents the stars, which in the dark night indicate “hope” which is in the coming light of dawn.