WASHINGTON, March 1, 2017 – Fashion illustrates the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words.” When it comes to politics, the clothing and accessories the First Lady wears can make or break a designer and the spirit of the American people.
Consider that there is a Smithsonian exhibit filled with the Inaugural dresses and fashion of the First Ladies, not the ties of the President.
The age of Camelot was ushered in on the arm of First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy who was young, beautiful, and built for Haute couture. As a fashion icon, Mrs. Kennedy inspired – and continues to inspire – millions with her easy chic styles.
First Lady Melania Trump, a former fashion model, is double stitching her own sense of fashion style, but not without comparison to Mrs. Kennedy. At the President’s inauguration, Mrs. Trump wore a powder blue cashmere dress with bolero jacket from the Ralph Lauren Collection paired with matching blue suede gloves and with her hair in a side-swept modified bouffant style.
For her husband’s inauguration in 1961, Mrs. Kennedy wore a fur-trimmed modified swing coat with oversized buttons, fur collar and muff, suede elbow-length gloves and her signature pillbox hat over her raven side-swept bouffant hair style, also favored by Mrs. Trump.
The pageantry surrounding our new President’s Tuesday evening address to the Joint Session of Congress offered opportunities for numerous fashion statements.
For President Trump’s first purely political speech, during which he outlined not only the steps the administration has taken but also the goals of the administration going forward, bold statements in cloth were made on both sides of the aisle.
A portion of the president’s remarks involved repeated requests that Congressional Democrats to stop harping on “petty differences” and work together with his administration in the months ahead on behalf of the American people.
While Republicans often favor solid Reagan Republican Red ties or red striped club ties, last night the gentlemen on the dais – President Trump, Vice President Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan all wore blue. A visual hint at Republican hands being extended to the left side of the aisle?
For her part, First Lady Melania Trump Trump wore a glittery embroidered belted jacket and skirt from Michael Kors to her husband’s first address to a joint session of Congress.
The outfit was somber in its dark color and sharp cut, but also hit the right high fashion notes with its sequined floral appliques.
For interested parties, the Michael Kors website showed that this jacket retails for $4,995 and the skirt for $4,595, for a total of $9,590 before sales tax is added.
In keeping with her husband’s “America First” theme, Melania Trump has made a point of wearing mostly American designers‘ creations such as those of Kors (who was born on Long Island) as well as those of Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.
While there will surely arise a hue and cry from the left side of the aisle about the cost of Mrs. Trump’s suit, the First Lady does pay for her own wardrobe. In other words, it is not a cost passed on to the American Taxpayer. Keeping records straight, the Trumps are not taking any salary for their service to the American people, just in case the MSM failed to inform you.
With regard to cost, BTW, how can we forget Hillary Clinton’s $12,000 unstructured Armani jacket? That jacket, merely from a fashion standpoint, was nowhere as beautiful or well designed as Mrs. Trump’s belted suit.
For his part, President Donald Trump wore a dark navy suit and striped tie to the podium, although last night he buttoned the jacket, giving the president a more structured look.
The clearly pre-planned choice by most Congressional women of the Democrat party to wear white was a nod to the long-ago suffragette movement, an acknowledgment, as it were, of those brave late 19th and early 20th century women who fought for women’s rights. They, too, often wore white as a sign of their ethical and social purity.
Prior to the address, Rep. Lois Frandle (D-FLA), chair of the House Democratic Women’s Working Group, said:
“We wear white to unite against any attempts by the Trump administration to roll back the incredible progress women have made in the last century, and we will continue to support the advancement of all women. We will not go back.”
Unlike those pioneering suffragettes, however, today’s Democrats, men and women alike, are not fighting today for voting equality as much as for their favored pro-abortion platform.
For more on the First Ladies’ fashion sense, check out this The New York Times Video: