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In the Italian fashion capital Milan, where, the New York Times (Oct. 22, 2002) recently observed, "designers routinely send bare-breasted models onto runways ..., it is hard to conceive of making headlines with a pair of pockets." Yet that is what happened to Elisabetta Bianchetti, a designer for an Italian supplier of ecclesiastical clothing.

Bianchetti redesigned the traditional habit worn by a community of Franciscan friars of the Third Order Regular in Assisi. The changes were quite modest, involving a return to the garment's original dun hue of undyed wool and other adjustments designed to mirror more closely historical depictions of the earliest Franciscans.

What attracted the media attention was the replacement of two small slits with a pair of shirt-style pockets. The monk who commissioned the alterations was quoted as saying the pockets were to accommodate keys and a cellphone, leading to "the image giddily conjured by the Italian press, which depicted followers of the saint who by legend spoke to birds trading their asceticism for text messaging, digital paging, and caller ID."
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Date:Jan 1, 2003
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