Let’s Talk about Fashion and Politics

“Fashion contains every human activity from economics to politics” said Iris Apfel in the movie “Iris”, a documentary about her life as a business woman and style icon. Vivienne Westwood agreed that fashion is about politics and her statement in the Channel 4 news was quite polemic, she believed that Corbynism is a way out of our current financial system since “the logical conclusion of this financial system is total poverty for everybody”!

It is interesting enough that the new age of politicians and economists have embraced fashion to introduce themselves and create awareness of their new economic ideas. Perhaps, it was always like that but some months ago the whole concept  was highlighted by the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and Alexis Tsipras with the “no-tie” appearance, the revolutionary one!


Who doesn’t remember Varoufakis’ appearance at No. 10 with George Osborne which “shook the world” of all “preppies”.


Millions of comments on social media and newspapers about the appearance of the newcomers in the international politics.   Yanis Varoufakis with his hard rock appearance and George Osborne with his very tight and thin suit (austerity on the go). No more wide trousers and jackets to be lost inside. You get what you need to cover your body  the designers dictate during the years of crisis.

On the other hand, Corbyn in his first appearance as the Leader of the Labour Party  in the Prime Minister’s question time in the British Parliament chose to wear something from the high street shops (M&S…) – shiny and brand new as a British working class person would have chosen to wear for a special occasion. The visual contrast was obvious comparing it with Cameron’s tailored and fine material suit! Corbyn managed to put visually their difference before expressing it orally.


Another recent political fashion incidence  was that of  Merkel’s. During the period of negotiation with the Greek PM, Alexis Tsipras she had never changed the colour of her jacket. The same yellow colour in different shades. Somebody can search about the semiotics of the yellow and I’m sure he/she will find out what Angela meant despite it’s not so hard  to make his/her own assumptions.

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 23: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras depart after speaking to the media following talks at the Chancellery on March 23, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The two leaders are meeting as relations between the Tsipras government and Germany have soured amidst contrary views between the two countries on how Greece can best work itself out of its current economic morass. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

In the meantime, during this week in London and New York the fashion people have their prime. The  fashion week spring 2016  is on and all of those that are interesting in watching the new trends for spring 2016 are attending the big spectacle by carrying themselves as models in the streets and being a kind of inspiration for the great fashion designers and introducing the “fashion street style”!





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