Thursday, November 19, 2009

Styling in Silence

For all those who think 'stylist' is a synonym for 'rail thin, Cartier-clad, dramatic TV personality' (and for my friend Rebecca for different reasons) here is an interesting article from the NY Times on the woman behind Sarah Palin's controversial wardrobe. Another shining example of the often small voices behind some of the most notable ensembles (for better or for worse), and the misconception that those who style always do so with acronyms, fur, baubles, and spotlight.


  1. All political beliefs aside, I'd like to see a comparison of Kline's work versus Michele Obama's stylist! I think I'd have to put my style vote behind the democrats.

  2. Politics and Fashion! Now there's a topic of considerable interest these days. I'm not a Palin fan, a fact that has little do do with my politics and more to do with the fear that she may one day run for president of this country. On top of that, I resent her trying to make herself some kind of model for the American woman. I think, from a fashion perspective, our first lady has the edge up on Palin, regardless of whether one votes red or blue. I also think it's interesting to look at how, for good or bad (maybe both), fashion seems to matter in today's public politics more than it did before. Is that something we really want? Of course, no one can forget Jackie O., or the dignified look of a well-dressed American president, but does that mean we can judge potential candidates on their fashion choices (of that of their stylist)? I think one could argue either way. Does fashion has an active role in politics? I'm not sure if you saw the article about Madeleine Albright and her pin collection. Check this out:

    She quite literally wore her political messages! Enjoy the article.

  3. Lovely comment. I actually think its a good thing for fashion to play a role in politics...personal style is a way to express many aspects of one's character that would otherwise be difficult to articulate. Fashion is an insight into the depths of the soul in a unique and poignant way.

  4. I don't particularly like the look we got into the soul of Sarah Palin. The media continues to feed us confusing tidbits of information. Did she buy the clothes, did she return them (previously worn with the tag cleverly hidden away)? Did she even know what she was buying or why? No argument that the stylist is clever, young and bright enough to see an opportunity to achieve recognition; that she put these attributes behind Sarah Palin is where I think she made an error in judgement.


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