For centuries, it was de rigueur for the Church to invest in beautiful appointments for the celebration of the liturgy, including the vestments worn by the clergy. Even humble rural parishes acquired the best they could afford. It was generally understood that divine worship required the best we could offer. However, like much of the Catholic artistic tradition in recent decades, vestment quality has often taken a back seat to more “practical” concerns.
There are still some vestment manufacturers who produce genuine works of art. Here’s a post from the Liturgical Arts Journal showing some contemporary examples of fine vestments: