Benedict's secretary inspires Versace "priest chic"

The Pope's always-elegant personal secretary, Msgr "Gorgeous Georg" Gaenswein, is the inspiration behind the clerical black jackets and priestly white shirts in Donatella Versace's latest men's fashion show, the Italian designer says.

"I was certainly inspired by him," Ms Versace, who describes Fr Gaenswein as a triumph of "more brain and less muscle", told reporters, according to a UK Telegraph report.

Speaking at the showing of her 2007/8 autumn/winter collection at Men's Fashion Week in Milan, she said she found his "austerity" very elegant.

"It is the right moment to show an ethical and spiritual man, free from all those pointless details. I also like Gregorian garb," Ms Versace added.

She said her ideal man has biceps but "looks for his inside quality and trains it up, the muscles of the soul."

The collection at Men's Fashion Week in Milan won unanimous praise from the fashion press yesterday, and reignited Italy's fascination with the 50-year-old Bavarian who has a doctorate in canon law.

Born in the Black Forest town of Riedern-am-Wald, the tennis-playing priest was a part-time ski instructor in Germany and a professor at the Santa Croce University in Rome, run by Opus Dei, before joining the Pope's staff.

"My senses are healthy, and those that have healthy senses use them," Fr Gaenswein said, admitting that as a young man he also had crushes on girls.

Vatican inspires new priest chic fashion (it) (MPD Click, 16/1/07)
Gorgeous Georg's priestly chic inspires a new Versace show (UK Telegraph, 16/1/07)

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Pope butt of too many jokes, Vatican says (CathNews, 16/11/06)

17 Jan 2007