Esquire magazine has named Pope Francis its “Best Dressed Man of 2013.”
Esquire‘s Max Berlinger claims that “Pope Francis’s sartorial decisions have subtly signaled a new era (and for many, renewed hope) for the Catholic Church.”
It is the simplicity of Francis’s decisions that impressed Esquire‘s panel of judges, who believe “the black shoes and unadorned, simplistic regalia are just an outward acknowledgement of his progressive orthodoxy.”
According to Mark-Evan Blackman, as assistant professor of menswear design, “I remember when John Paul II was buried in those opulent bright red shoes. When the current pope was elected and chose not to wear the red shoes I thought that was very reflective of his approach to being a person functioning in a role.”
As Ann Pellegrini, an Associate Professor of Performance Studies and Religious Studies at New York University told Belinger, “[t]he humility of his garments offers a way to visibly display his theological and material concerns for the poor. This Holy Roman emperor really does have new clothes.”
Watch the CNN video about Esquire‘s decision below.
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