December 22, 2014

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The pope’s new clothes were ready before he was

The pope’s new clothes were ready before he was.

The family-owned Gammarelli tailor shop, which has dressed popes for two centuries, had three sets of vestments — in small, medium and large — prepared for the naming of the new pontiff.

The papal outfits were on display in the window of the small wood-paneled store nestled in the shadow of the Pantheon, where the family moved in 1850 from the original founded just around the corner in 1798. They were delivered to the Vatican and left in a room next to the Sistine Chapel, ready for the new pope to change into his new clothes.

The pre-made looks haven’t always fit. In 1958, the rotund John XXIII appeared on the balcony with safety pins holding together the back of his cassock.