Tuesday, May 11, 2010

THE BV WORST VESTMENT NOMINATIONS

This site doesn't turn a year old for another couple of months and we're still a few days off from the consecration of Episcopal Bishop Suffragan Mary Glasspool out in Los Angeles, an event that has the potential to be a bad vestment gold mine so now's as good a time for this as any.

What is the worst Christian vestment you have ever seen?  Nominate it down in the comments.  There are two ways to nominate a vestment you've seen on this site.  Put in the URL of the post or just put the title of the post and the date so I can find it.

If you know of a vestment that I haven't gotten to yet but that you think deserves consideration, type in its URL.  I'll leave a link to this on the sidebar for a week, put together a field of ten or so(and the more votes a particular vestment receives, the more likely it is to make the cut) and then we'll vote for a week or so.

30 comments:

JL said...

http://www.stpaulboston.org/photo_albums/47/fs/372.jpg

I've had the dubious honor of seeing this stole in person. My first thought was, "So did everyone else."

muerk said...

After much debate and comparison I think there is a winner -

http://badvestments.blogspot.com/2009/12/bv-overload.html

But there were certainly some decent runner ups.

English_Seminarian said...

Here are two of the Holy Father, I would think from around the same time

http://badvestments.blogspot.com/2009/08/whoops.html

and also

http://www.wdtprs.com/images/08_09_05_vestment01.jpg

i think these must rank as 'winners' just because of the huge amount of Beautiful Vestments that were ignored in favour of them!

Priscilla said...

http://badvestments.blogspot.com/2010/01/target-practice.html

I've "targeted" this one for "worst of the worst".

.....CLIFFORD said...

My vote: http://badvestments.blogspot.com/2010/04/magic-eye.html

I'd get a headache and pass out before the Doxology.

The Bovina Bloviator said...

I second Pricilla's nomination: http://badvestments.blogspot.com/2010/01/target-practice.html

sekman said...

There are some truly horrendous vestments that you feature here. I actually rounded up a bunch of the 60s/70s crap at our parish and reverently burned them along with some outdated sacramentaries and lectionaries. I would like to add that the polyester really melts nicely and creates quite a nice fire.

Anonymous said...

This was tough for the MinnesotaTwofer was close but I decided on

"NOW BATTING FOR THE TAMPA BAY RAYS..."

Anonymous said...

I think it is a tie between:

http://badvestments.blogspot.com/2010/01/one-pill-makes-you-larger.html
Failure to test garment for color fastness

http://badvestments.blogspot.com/2009/12/bv-overload.html
Colorforms, anyone?
I wonder if the petals can be peeled off...

Brook Packard said...

The August 9 post of KSJ wearing the oven mitt gets my vote for ugliness, and high-profile bad judgement.

The four female bishops together from a few weeks ago wins the prize for mass delusion. (No pun intended.)

Categories might help in the voting: most presumptuous, most offensive, vestments sewn by the blind drunk, etc.

Janjan said...

I think your most recent offering wins it hands down.

Christopher Johnson said...

Maybe. But we'll keep things going for a while. You never know what will turn up.

Sibyl said...

Here is at least one of the worst:

http://badvestments.blogspot.com/2009/07/uhno.html

Ex aedibus said...

I want to submit Katherine Jefferts Schori's oven mitt for conseration.

http://badvestments.blogspot.com/2009/07/would-you-like-fries-with-that.html

Though this mitre, sported by then-Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin is pretty bad.

http://tctphotos.blogspot.com/2009/03/sign-of-unity.html

Anonymous said...

Don't know if this is among the worst of the worst, but it's pretty bad and deserves a place here:

http://s3.amazonaws.com/dfc_attachments/images/376/IMG_9596_web.jpg

Anonymous said...

That should have been:

http://s3.amazonaws.com/dfc_attachments/images/376/IMG_9596_web.jpg

Sorry for the cut-off!

Robert said...

You've got the front side of this Chasuble but check out the peacock on the back. Isn't exactly the image I would think you would want on your vestment, even if you are a South Asian bishop.

http://www.fruitofthevine.us/images/red/PS006.jpg

wyclif said...

Nobody's voting for KatJeffSchor's "Purple Haze" yet? Inconceivable!

Ben Vallejo said...

OK the "Purple Haze" of Her Holiness Katherine I of the Episcopal Communion!

Anonymous said...

This one makes me think about the Pythagorean Theorem just a tad too much......

http://cgi.ebay.com/Clergy-Deacon-VESTMENT-2-White-Dalmatics-Stole-Maniple-/200366913049?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ea6cc7619

Anonymous said...

Indubitably the avant-garde of contemporary vestment design ...

http://www.wefers-paramente.de/pages/seite_32.html

and

http://www.paramente.net/schaffrath.htm

Christopher Johnson said...

Folks, these are just nominations at this point. Actual voting won't take place for a few days.

Anonymous said...

My favorites have been listed already.

But have to say Anon at 5/17 1:29 am's first offering was revolting. While "Overload" showed blatant disrespect, this one makes me wonder "Why?"

Scott said...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/may/19/london-olympics-2012-mascot

Coming to the Anglican Church?

TLF+ said...

I think you should call it the BVM award - "Bad Vestments Merde" (French word for "S**t!") BVM gives it nice high churchy ring and you could buy one of those joke store dog poops and put a little rainbow oven mit mitre on it as the prize.

TLF+ said...

I've searched but can't find a pic of my nominee. General Seminary, or at least one of its faculty priests, had a Phoenix chasuble. Yes, that mythic bird is a symbol of the Resurrection of Christ. But this thing looked like somebody took a 12 gauge to the NBC peacock, or stomped a large bird headed bug real good on the carpet. I'll just let your imaginations run with it... lots of red and orange splayed out on an off-white background.

pastorschuster said...

After much careful (and quite nausea-inducing) consideration, I nominate "All God's Creation."
Unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

http://www.3cantors.com/3Cgifs/wma08b.jpg

Kente, I suppose -- on Santa Claus with a mitre?? At first glance, looks almost like snake skin.

AAK said...

Here's a good one, which, unsurprisingly, features the current Episcopal presiding bishop.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stmarysmemphis/3336380020/in/set-72157614428640391/

Anonymous said...

Nothing on your site begins to compare...
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_cQ2xhpZfenk/TAOrhD8kl1I/AAAAAAAAOc8/hWLiW87ldP8/s1600/procession+s.+nicola+i.jpg