Back room boy in the Papal elections is Roman tailor Luigi Giammarelli. He's got an?
Back room boy in the Papal elections is Roman tailor Luigi Giammarelli. He's got an outside problem in man-sized fittings.
The order: New vestments for a new Pontiff.
The measurements: Waist - unknown;
Chest - unknown;
Height - unknown.
The clue: It could be for one of 54 cardinals.
The answer: Make three - one long, one medium and one short ... and leave plenty of tuck-ins for take-ins and let-outs.
Because the Pope, as soon as he is elected, must wear his new vestments immediately. He must wear them to bless the waiting crowd in St. Peter's Square.
And, apart from the fact that the clothes may, or may not, "maketh the man", as Shakespeare's Polonius said to his son Laertes:
... The apparel oft proclaims the man ...