Religion: Designer Vestments

Since it has refashioned the Mass, it was perhaps inevitable that the Roman Catholic Church would one day turn its attention to liturgical couture. An exhibit near Le Mans, France, last week featured sketches by two designers who were asked to envision something with "more presence, prestige and modernity" for priests presiding at altars of the future. No impious exercise, the designs were commissioned by a committee of bishops, priests and art historians; the designers consider themselves devout Catholics, and approached their task with missionary zeal.

Since Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Andre Courreges are more or less avant-garde, one might be...

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