By  on February 19, 2019

MILAN — Jean-Charles de Castelbajac may very well be the only designer that dressed a saint. Pope John Paul II in 1997 wore a rainbow-striped cassock for World Youth Day designed by de Castelbajac, who also created equally colorful liturgical vestments and T-shirts for 5,500 members of the Catholic church and young kids attending the event.

“That experience changed my life — color as the cement of faith, of hope and democracy,” said de Castelbajac on Monday at the United Colors of Benetton showroom in Milan, ahead of the brand’s first runway show to be held in the city this evening, which he called “Rainbow Machine.”

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