The number of people climbing onto the Hillary Clinton bandwagon is rising by the day. She has yet to declare officially that she is running for office in 2016, but those of you who want to put a bet on it will most likely end up being quid’s in.
At present there are 19 female world leaders, including Germany’s Angela Merkel, South Korea’s Park Geun-hye and Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff. However, America, a country with one of the largest economies in the world, is not part of the status quo. Since women gained the vote in 1920, only 27 of the 400 US cabinet secretaries since then have been female. Mrs Clinton is ready to take charge.
Fashion and politics go hand in hand. Their relationship is a long and multidimensional one. As individuals, communities and tribes, we articulate our voices through what we wear. The communicative power of fashion’s creative practices can challenge a political consensus and influence opinions.
Political standing and policies aside, Margaret Thatcher integrated fashion and politics seamlessly, setting an example of how women in power should dress. Admitting that her image became ‘part of the job’, Thatcher made famous her power dressing suits, pussybow blouses and her treasured pearls. When it came to the colour of her attire, she was always keen to promote the party, stating that her favourite shade was always ‘my party’s colour’ sapphire blue. Her styling strategies must have aided her campaign, as in 1979 she became Prime Minister.
“You do not lose your feminine qualities just because you are a Prime Minister.”
Rewind a few years to America in 2012 when Mitt Romney and Barack Obama – plus their wives – battled it out in the US elections. Audiences were not only invested in the politics, but they waited with great anticipation to see what the other halves would wear. Ann and Michelle went head to head in a fashion face off.
A printed Predicament…with similar hair, too
Bright, Bold and Blue
Pretty in Pink at the 2nd Presidential Debate
Nuclear Wintour even waded in. She allegedly told designers not to dress Mrs Romney and silently threatened their standing should they endeavour to do so. Ms Wintour probably felt it was her right, since she pumped so much money into the Obama campaign and promoted the heck out of it. Romney actually declined an interview with Vogue and obviously Anna was not just going to take that on the chin.
Hillary’s hair is a national treasure in itself. In many of her speaking engagements, she has joked that her memoir should have been called The Scrunchie Chronicals: 112 Countries and It’s Still All About My Hair – the timing of her book is no coincidence. Being the former President’s wife, she has most likely got the ‘looking the part’ bit figured out by now. She is also good friends with the Queen of the big screen, Meryl Streep, so that puts her in good stead already. Clinton just needs to persuade Americans that she is different from the woman they rejected six years ago in the 2008 elections. Clinton had voted in favour of the Iraq invasion in 2002, shooting herself in the foot so to speak. She also played up to the stereotype that a woman in power has to act like a man to succeed. Following her lost potential Presidency in 2011 she said, “We need to unlock the vital source of growth that can power our economies in the decades to come. That vital source of growth is women.” This could, and should be the case.
Are you ready for #Hillary2016?