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Christian fashion show highlights modest looks

– The organizers of Christian Fashion Week have a message: modest does not equal frumpy.

“A lot of the designers we talked with looked at the challenge as a creative challenge,” said Jose Gomez, who, along with his wife and another couple, is organizing the event. “How do we push the boundaries – with boundaries?”

The couple’s first-ever Christian Fashion Week began Friday with a VIP reception and then a runway show today in Tampa. They hope the two-day event – it’s not really a week-long show – will evolve into something bigger over time.

The runway shows will be slightly different than a typical fashion event. Backstage, there will be separate changing areas for male and female models so people can “preserve their dignity,” he said. The swimwear show will take place first, and during that show, the audience will be women only, he said, to avoid any “awkward” feelings for audience members.