That was the title of a segment the old "Glamour" magazine used to publish...
Does the Holy Father have to wear what the sacristan lays out?
Maybe there is some excuse...maybe people from Bavaria have no taste. I don't know, but whoever the Vatican designer is should certainly be fired.
It's the most hideous vestment and mitre ensemble I have ever seen - it's worse than what the Holy Rood Guild at Spencer Abbey creates.
John Paul II wore some pretty creepy designs as well - like the 'invisibility cloak' cope he wore to open the Holy Year of 2000. Very theatrical - sorry the photo is so pix-elated - it wouldn't look any better in a perfect photo. The cope 'shimmered'. (I overlooked the ugly vestments as I thought it was because John Paul II was Polish, and that was his taste.)
Either "Ugly Betty" is picking out the designs for the Holy Father, or there is a gay costume designer in the Vatican. The guy better go back to work at La Scala.
Many Novus Ordo vestments are rather awful - that's all I can say. I'm embarrassed for the Pope. Don't wear that stuff!