11.16.2005

'God Dammit! This Red Sequin Dress Cassock Is Too Short! *Shriek* And It Makes Me Look Fat!
...Posh Popes Prefer Prada...

Fashion: The Pope Wears Prada

from Newsweek

He may never make the best-dressed lists, but Pope Benedict XVI is nothing short of a religious-fashion icon, riding in the Popemobile with red Prada loafers under his cassock and Gucci shades. But his penchant for designer wear and a move to ditch the papal tailors who have dressed popes for more than 200 years are causing new wrinkles in the Vatican.

Benedict has favored his tailor from his days as cardinal, Alessandro Cattaneo, and the 20-year-old religious-fashion house of Raniero Mancinelli, which has provided the pope with dazzling new vestments (some with shimmering, sequinlike details). At risk of losing the papal-dress contract are the Annibale Gammarelli tailors, who have made papal wear since 1792. But they blundered when Benedict had to make his debut blessing in a cassock that was too short, ending just above his ankles. Subsequent celebratory vestments made by Gammarelli are reported to have made the pope uncomfortable.


'Come closer so that I may lean on y-aaahhhh...These new shoes are killing me!'
'B-But Your Holiness, they're fabulous! They make you fabulous!'
'Of course they do. I know this! They're
Gucci, you fool! Now get me painkillers from my handbag, quickly!'

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