Fashion’s role in politics varies from person to person, with some conveying ironic messages through the designers or clothes they choose to wear and others, like First Lady Jill Biden, choosing to stay mum on designers or brands.
Jacqueline Kennedy was in the first camp and used fashion as a tool to attract or divert attention, while at the same time setting fashion trends throughout her life. On Friday, the White House Historical Society will host an inauguration ceremony honoring Kennedy in Decatur. It’s the first of two fashion-focused events coming to Washington, D.C. — the other being the inaugural Fashion Gala in October.
Biden is expected at the White House Historical Society ceremony, which will feature a new sculpture garden designed by Chas Fagan to honor the Kennedys’ legacy of restoring the White House and preserving Lafayette Square. Fagan deferred any comment until Thursday’s release. (Like it or not, Biden’s and Kennedy’s personal style may be mentioned in news coverage.)
Then, in an effort to emphasize the power of fashion in the political sphere, the first fashion gala will be held on October 12, to celebrate the work of designers who are suitable for first ladies and first lords around the world. For security purposes and to avoid party-dangers, the location of the event will be revealed closer to the event. Ticket sales from the 350-person event benefit the non-profit Diplomacy and Fashion, which helps underprivileged students study in US fashion and design. The company’s founder, Indira Gumarova, whose husband, Hynek Kmonicek, is the US ambassador to the Czech Republic, previously worked on a Manolo Blahnik shoe exhibition and a fashion show at the US State Department building. Diplomacy and Fashion has teamed up with DC Events to host a TV miniseries featuring former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Penn on how to convey diplomatic messages.
“There was no better place to start this gala than Washington, D.C., home to more than 200 embassies,” Gumarova said after considering how many first ladies there are around the world. She started working on the project a year ago and will feature the work of designers who have dressed first ladies, kings and queens from 35-plus countries.
“Diplomacy and fashion is also the theme of the gala. Fashion is the language of silent diplomacy. It is as powerful as sign language. It communicates in gestures, signs and images,” she said, adding that a sign language interpreter opens a message that is then segmented by geography and highlighted by a fashion show. The organizers are still looking for which designers will be available.
Naeem Khan, whose designs were worn by Michelle Obama 28 times during her White House tenure, is donning two gowns for the event. The two-part event will feature the Oscar de la Renta gown worn by Laura Bush as first lady and the dress of Edith Wilson, who married Woodrow Wilson’s widow during his 1915 presidency. A fashionista. France began bringing couture to America. She’s always impeccably dressed,” Gumarova said, also questioning the dresses loaned to the Biden press team and the Kennedy family.
“Fashion is in Washington, DC. Not like New York, Milan or Paris. In fact, according to the protocol, [and is representative] Different countries, protocol and respect. he said. It’s different,” Gumarova said.
Fashion is a “silent language,” she said. “First you see people and then they talk. Their clothes speak first and then they convey a message. But the message should definitely support their attire. If you’re dressed inappropriately, that’s sure to cause controversy, like Melania Trump’s jacket saying ‘I really don’t care, do I?’ [that she wore in 2018 to visit migrant children in a Texas detention center]He said.
Gumarova mentioned how first ladies are known to give interviews to Vogue magazine, even if they don’t directly address fashion in their comments. Biden’s Ukrainian counterpart, Olena Zelenska, recently appeared on the cover of Vogue, which has been controversial. “They definitely use it and it’s been used by Edith Wilson for over a century,” said Gumarova, referring to the message of the first women in fashion. It still continues and is used by all countries in the world.
Finally, Fashion and Diplomacy aims to develop curricula on the subject of fashion in colleges and universities. According to Gumarova, discussions are underway with Marymount College.
Advocate for Sustainable Fashion, Diplomacy and Fashion educates budding diplomats and designers about the role of fashion in diplomacy, and introduces designers. It also aims to inform and celebrate different cultures, as well as common gifts, symbols and protocols for cosmetics, shoes, accessories and other things. Gumarova is trying to create a one-stop shop for all kinds of information, recalling that Meghan Markle once commented in an interview how she didn’t know what to wear or where to meet Queen Elizabeth II. Diplomacy and fashion.
“It’s all together. And people look at you, especially in Washington. And then all of a sudden, it’s on the news and all over the world. That’s what this mission and the gala is for, and hopefully [college] The courses will have a huge impact so that people around the world understand how this is an important topic and now is the time to talk about it, Gumarova said.