Several designs were contemplated, including this waist-nipping ensemble (above), which the order considered “too stylish”.
Set off with gunmetal mesh stockings and cuban heeled pumps, the outfit’s skirt length was a daring 12-14 inches off the ground (depending on height of nun).
“I had thought in terms of 10 inches,” said Syblil, “but they didn’t want to take half measures.”
The designer remarked that it was the older nuns who wanted a more radical break from their all-enveloping, Rome-endorsed Burka.
“They [younger nuns] felt they had married into the church and wanted to keep their wedding dresses,” she said.
Quotes via Montreal Gazette, November 25, 1965
Thanks Sibling of Daedalus