Tuesday, 16 January 2007

The secretary's fashion

A story in the Telegraph today caused me wry amusement. You may have been aware of the popularity the Holy Father's secretary Don Georg Gänswein has with many Italian women, but I don't think anyone could have foreseen that Donatella Versace would be inspired by Don Georg to design a new collection for Men's fashion week in Milan. There is something oddly satisfying about this. With the rise of militant secularism and hostility towards religion in Europe, it is perhaps encouraging that a senior cleric should be so respected by one of the world's most influential fashion designers (albeit in a rather unusual way). It is also encouraging that Miss Versace says she likes "Gregorian Garb", perhaps this might encourage our clergy to revive some of their traditional outfits!

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