Friday, April 15, 2005

Papal Tailor Displays Next Pope's Cassock

Currenly on display in the window of Gammarelli Ecclesiastical Tailoring are three brand new cassocks, one in each size, small, medium, and large. When the next Pope is elected, one of his first duties as Pontiff will be to pick out one of the three cassocks and change into it before being introduced in St. Peter's Square. Filippo Gammarelli is the head tailor of the shop owned by his family, which has been making clothes for popes since 1798. According to the New York Times:
Gammarelli tailors have prepared six white papal cassocks in all, wool and silk versions of the three floor-brushing sizes. On Friday or Saturday, Filippo Gammarelli or Annibale, his brother, will drive the cassocks in boxes to the Vatican. After the new pope is elected, he will be taken to a nearby chamber, often called the Room of Tears. There he will be presented with one of the Gammarelli cassocks, slip it on and step out onto the balcony of St. Peter's for all the world to see.

Read more: Style Secrets of the Pope's Tailor


bombsoverbaghdad said...

I think one has to go with the red mozzetta.

Anonymous said...

It's the the 16th and 2 more days before the voting, does ANYONE know how to get a stamp showing the empty Vatican See? May the Holy Spirti guide the Cardianls in electing as good a man as John Paul was. As long as it's not Convict Law from Boston.....

Jimbo said...


We had this same question come up on my post Sede Vacante Stamps Issuance Today. Back then, I wrote that there were only two ways I knew of to get the stamps:

1. Buy them in person from the Vatican post office in Rome.

2. ebay.

nubchai said...

Here's the link to sede vacante stamps on Ebay: They have sets of the 3 different stamps. They also have first day covers with cancellations which are very nice. Popularity is driving the prices up though