Ever hear of Anna Wintour? Me neither. She’s the editor-in-chief of Vogue (American) magazine and a huge supporter of President Obama, apparently.
According to Fox News online, so take this for what it’s worth, the fashion heavyweight has has thrown around some of her weight to pressure designers to steer clear of dressing Anne Romney, the wife of the Republican presidential hopeful.
Whether or not this is true, I don’t know because I don’t really focus that much on fashion. And certainly a cogent argument can be made that what the wife of the highest elected official in this country wears shouldn’t be a factor in the election process. But the sad truth is, many Americans do care. They care about how the First Lady looks because she represents their country. And who wants to be considered dowdy or poorly put together? Not me, that’s for sure.
Joking aside, there is no doubt and plenty of research that underscores the fact that fashion is political and not just for elections. Movements to change the political face of this country have paid particular attention to how their message was fashioned and portrayed. One need not look further than the recent women’s rights movement of the sixties, where bra burning signified so much more than just a fashion statement.
I think the bigger issue here isn’t about clothing, but about political sway. If an editor of a fashion magazine has this much influence in the realm of politics, well, I guess, welcome to America.