12 July 2007

Vednesday Vaticana

His Holiness (any one) in The Vatican City
has always been elegantly dressed.

The red shoes.
The gold embroidery.
All that flowing white wool/silk yardage.
And the emphatic jewellery.
When I settled on him/them
for this edition of
Ben Locker's E.D.W.
Elegantly Dressed Wednesday button
I was thrilled to discover
a tailoring trauma now surrounds the tradition of papal robes.
That link is to Deutsche Welle reporting that:
"With his penchant for designer eyewear
and Italian shoes, Pope Benedict XVI is becoming an unlikely style
icon. A man who knows what he likes, he has now caused a stir by
apparently switching tailors".

Gammarelli has been the papal tailor for more than 200 years,
but cassocks flew in the wind over the unfortunate inaugural hemline issue,
and now the new tacker Mancinelli, established only 20 years,
has the inside leg running.
It takes some political effort to dress in a stately way ,
when one is the centre of attention everywhere one goes,
so this heathen atheist salutes you - Il Papa.


  1. Ha ha - the latest in a long line of papal stitch-ups....

  2. A two hundred year old tailor? That's almost as old as Yves St Laurent. Hopefully this young buck will prove a good investment.



  3. OK OK Thats So SmartyPants.
    pedantry and semantics - you know I meant the 'business' named Gammarelli. follow the link - there's a PIKSHA of 'em.
    I'm coming over to your place to nitpick now.

  4. There's nothing quite so fetching as an old man in a dress with an acorn cup stuck on his head...except perhaps for the Swiss Guard, whose multi-coloured tutus and large, pom-pommed shoes are enough to strike fear into the most deadly warrior.

  5. aw man - I was gonna do them next Wednesday .... or those greek army guys with the huge tassels on their slippers.

    What does the elegant archeologist wear on a dig?
    The Barbour? The Hunter Wellies?

  6. "What does the elegant archeologist wear on a dig?" If it's Hughes, it's a hangover.

  7. Dearest - don't bother to knock - Ms Baroque has already kicked the old pedants door in.



  8. Have read somewhere that those split pointy thingos that popes and bishops wear on their heads are actually a pagan symbol representing a fish (or a vagina, but won't mention that in polite company). Always cracks me up when I see it.

  9. "About the very time when the Bishop of Rome was invested with the pagan title of Pontifex, the Saviour began to be called ICHTHUS, of 'THE FISH', thereby identifying him with DAGON (the fish-god)." (ref:Hislop, p. 215)

    "The two-horned mitre, which the Pope wears…is the very mitre worn by DAGON." (Hislop, p. 215)

  10. "What does the elegant archeologist wear on a dig?"

    Unfortunately the terms 'elegant' and 'archaeologist' are an (in my case at any rate) are the words 'archaeologist' and 'dig'.
    Personally, I just wear a big hat, a trenchcoat and an official looking clipboard and make the underlings do all the manual labour. This authoritative laziness, as Jahteh correctly pointed out, is mainly due to an excess of alcoholic beverages followed by vindaloo and chips the night before.

  11. How interesting, you learn things new every day...if ever I go out I will hold the floor with this stuff...

    Il Pappa...and as with Her Majesty the Queen, and the Pope... what a lot of "donations" must go into their regalia... he must be Dagon to her Dragon...tee hee...getting sillier and sillier...sorry BWCA