clerical chic

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 16, 2007

Fashion writers are all agog about the new spring collection by Donatello Versace, who was inspired by the "look" modeled by Msgr. Georg Ganswein, the private secretary to Pope Benedict XVI.

(Note to fashion-minded priests: It's now chic to wear clericals. Try it sometime.)

Richard Owen of the London Times has the story of Versace's inspiration:

“I was thinking of an austere, severe and ethical man. I find Father Georg’s austerity very elegant,” said Ms Versace.

Spirituality was “not the same as bigotry”, she said, adding that she was open to the idea of civil unions between gays or heterosexual couples.

Spirituality is fashionable. Civil unions are fashionable. When the two come into conflict, we learn the truth: civil unions are more fashionable.

Nice to know, still, that spirituality doesn't necessarily mean bigotry. The hierarchy of the fashion world is nothing if not tolerant.

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  • Posted by: Meg Q - Jan. 18, 2007 6:14 AM ET USA

    Humpty, haven't you ever seen an illustrated children's Bible? Jesus wore a "dress", too. Geez. (Just kidding.)

  • Posted by: - Jan. 17, 2007 9:33 PM ET USA

    There was no word from the Vatican on whether or not Monsignor Gänswein would wear the new designs.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 17, 2007 10:54 AM ET USA

    Madonna has been following that "chic" for years. Just goes to show when our spiritual advisers all wear dresses. WWJD?

  • Posted by: Meg Q - Jan. 16, 2007 7:14 PM ET USA

    I can see it now: Cassocks, soutanes, cappas, shovel hats, and gaiters make a big comeback. Secular adopters of "the clergy look" argue whether Magnarelli or Barbiconi is more chic. Prada *seriously* unveils its "papal line".

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2007 4:06 PM ET USA

    So this season we will see pairs of homosexuals marching down the isle dressed as priests while the "presider" is in a tux. I can't wait for the pictures. I need a good laugh.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2007 10:23 AM ET USA

    Not another Nehru jacket! "Back to the Future" may have some truth after all.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2007 9:55 AM ET USA

    I wonder where this is going to lead!A great # of "priests" strutting around in clerical wear because it has become fashionable dress!The fact that our Pope has a handsome secretary may prove to be a "problem"! It is a cruel world and the Roman Catholic Church must be prepared for the most horrific attacks ever!Respect for the things of God has gone through the window -it now a free for all!May God bless our pope and His Church.