-Di gran cuore - an allocution of Pope Pius XII to a Congress of the "Latin Union of High Fashion” on November 8, 1957
Madame Elisabeth of France, beautifulexample of modesty, martyred by the French
Revolutionaries at only 30 years old.
At the heights of Christian civilization women wore beautiful gowns like the one in the first picture you see. The abundant, carefully arranged skirts give an impression of inviolable elegance while the intricate bodice artistically directs attention to the woman's head, face and eyes. The head is the most noble part of a person and the eyes are said to be a window into the soul.
Modesty is a virtue where we recognize the frailty of our human nature before God and so dress and behave in a moderate way to avoid impropriety or indecency. It is a notable virtue, especially in today's world of seemingly unlimited vice and promiscuity.
The distasteful colors and unsuitable stylesof modern fashion are a result of chaos
without the balance of the Christian Order.
The second picture is of a modern fashion runway where the model is seen to be wearing a shockingly bright yellow coat over an unattractively colored tight masculine looking outfit. The fault is primarily against modesty since there is no tastefulness or restraint in either the color or design of this ensemble.
Do we want to show purity and modesty with our clothes? Or do we accept modern fashions which very often express the opposite?
This is why whenever I enter the dress stores to see what is new I try hard to keep a very important reminder in my mind: I love modesty more than fashion!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?