Friday, August 5, 2011

fuchsia and red -- historically fabulous??


So I was reading an article in Flare about Balenciaga and how he liked to use fuchsia and red because they were the Spanish royal colours, to which I thought "MOST FABULOUS ROYAL COLOURS EVER" (although purple and royal blue is still great) and because I am a nerd I hopped onto google to find out if this was actually true.

Well, I didn't, but I did find this little tidbit:
"The second grade of monsignor is the Prelate of Honor to His Holiness. This grade was historically associated with the chamberlain of the papal court and today can also be conferred to priests outside of the papal court. A Prelate of Honor to His Holiness, during liturgies, wears a bishop’s choir cassock, which is fuchsia in color with red buttons, piping and cuffs, and a fuchsia sash. Prelates of Honor to His Holiness may also wear a bishop’s black cassock, which also has red buttons, piping and a fuchsia sash." (Link here)

For reference the monsignors were primarily from the 14th century and referred to the time when the Papacy was housed in Avignon, France instead of Vatican City. But anyways, this, combined with the fabulousness of the costumes on The Borgias further convinces me that I was probably like, a cardinal in a past life, because their clothes were DOPE.

In other news, this is a fall colour trend I will definitely try to participate in, because LOVE.

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