Religion: Fashion & Fig Leaves

For nearly an hour last week Pope Pius XII discoursed on the subject of clothes to 70 delegates of Rome's first International Congress of High Fashion. His gist: Adam's and Eve's fig leaves set a sound fashion for fallen man. In the speech, the Pope displayed remarkable literary flair. On one hand, he said, clothes are a kind of language. "They tell us who is happy and who in mourning, who is rich, who is poor. They allow us to distinguish between the sacred and the profane." At the same time, clothes also have the function of concealment. "There are certain...

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