Dec 12, 2010

The Bible of Clerical Elegance

Pascal Gautrand
Gammarelli The Bible of Clerical Elegance

Photo credit: Gammarelli

An air of reverence even pervades the laboratory of this small shop which stands in the shadow of Rome’s Pantheon, where the exact measurements of Pope John Paul II are still preserved by the Gammarelli brothers.

Filippo and Annibale cut and sew ecclesiastic garments, cloaks and soutanes for priests, monsignors, bishops, cardinals and Popes. A true dynasty of tailors who have transformed this artisan trade into a well-established business.

Here one can find real cardinal red, so-called ponceau red, a shade that is almost impossible to find on the market. Hence the fabric in this colour is created by Italian companies on commission by Gammarelli and other Roman tailors. The same applies to the colour used for bishops robes, i.e. Roman Catholic red.

Gammarelli is featured in A Tailor-made Guidebook – Rome.

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Pascal Gautrand

Pascal Gautrand

Made in Mazamet. Made in Town founder, consultant and teacher, he is graduated from the Institut Français de la Mode and used to be a boarder in the fashion design division at the Villa Medici in Rome. He develops a reflexion, mainly in the fashion field, about the manufacturing culture. His approach, oriented towards the promotion of know-how, expresses through writing, video and fashion design. As a consultant, he especially collaborates with Première Vision for the organization of Maison d’Exceptions: a dedicated area about fabric know-how within the show and for the online magazine Maison d’Exceptions whose he is editor.

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