Prophetess Sarah Smith: Answering God’s Call to Design Again
There was a time when Prophetess Sarah Smith was done with designing. She got rid of her sewing machine and materials and took up full-time ministry. But, in April this year, she relaunched her brand Clothed by Sarah in Jamaica after answering God’s call to start designing again.
Sarah presented a 30-piece collection called Ruffled back in August during the Kingdom Arts Fashion and Visual Arts Gala in Barbados and I had the opportunity to chat with her about her journey.
Sarah chose to study fashion design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida because she was admittedly not good at subjects like math and science.
“I was more of a visual arts person, a hands-on person so I was like I can’t go to college for psychology,” she says.
Sarah decided she should study something that she enjoyed and one of the things she really liked was dressing up.
“I remember that the Art Institute and other fashion-affiliated schools came to my high school and were recruiting so I went to my high school, got the information and I reached out to the art institute and I got an advisor and the rest is history,” Sarah recalls.
Fresh out of college, she returned to Jamaica.
“I was operating a clothing and shoe store. Then, I transitioned and met my husband and then I stopped designing and went into full-time ministry. I gave away my sewing machine, all my materials, all my threads, and everything. I gave away everything because I plunged into full-time ministry,” she tells InMyWardrobe.
Sarah later realised that God had other plans.
“I kept on getting prophetic words about a year ago. I kept on getting prophetic words from individuals saying that the Lord is calling me back into fashion and I was like ‘umm I don’t know about that’. I was like ‘OK, let me seek the Lord for myself because I’m hearing this too regular and then I prayed about it. The Lord told me ‘listen I need you to go back into designing’ and this is how Clothed by Sarah and the Ruffled collection were birthed,” she reveals.
So, how has her re-entry into fashion been so far?
“The transition has been hard but I’m getting better at it because I’m realising that this is ministry as well because at the end of the day it is the Lord that told me to go back designing. It’s just a different platform. It’s not much of a difference to me now but at first I felt like it was ‘oh I’m not gonna preach anymore’ and ‘I’m not gonna do Bible study anymore’ but this is a form of ministry so I’m embracing it,” she says.
Sarah said there were a need and demand in Jamaica for stylish, yet modest clothing.
“I got baptised overseas and I was at fashion school so I was used to high fashion and everybody dressing up and very fashionable so when I came back home, I realised that the outfits that Christians wore, they were so plain and everybody wore the same thing. I went to the fabric store and I just kept on making designs. All of my church outfits I got them made and I was like I’m not doing this. I’m true to my personality because I love dressing up,” she said.
Sarah said there was a lot of interest in Clothed by Sarah although at first, the idea of blending fashion and Christianity was somewhat taboo. However, she said: “We must represent God well and we should represent Him in the way how we look. So, I think the demand for it is really great because people want to look good serving God.
As for her ultimate plan for Clothed by Sarah, the designer said she just wants to go where God is taking her. “It’s not something that I’ve planned intentionally but after I launched it in April, doors kept on opening so I know it is the will of God. Wherever he leads, he will provide and whatever he wants to do, he’ll do it, so I just want to be obedient,” she says.