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The greatest show on earth: Mrs. O's dress

Posted by Robin Abrahams  September 6, 2012 04:37 PM

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Dodai Stewart deconstructs the First Lady's DNC dress at Jezebel:

[T]he Democratic party has been positioning itself as the younger, more ethnically diverse party, and Reese, as a 48-year-old black woman, fits right in. Plus, Reese's dresses retail around $350. When you consider the fact that Ann Romney wore a silk gown in "Nancy Reagan red" by 80-year-old Oscar de la Renta ? with a price tag of $1,990 ? it's clear that each party's message has seeped into ? and is telegraphed by ? the fashion choices.
The Dress is also pink with blue trim, accentuating Mrs. Obama's femininity and comfort with being "Mom-in-Chief" rather than co-president. Pink does double duty in this election cycle by signifying not only the First Lady's traditional role, but the contested issues surrounding women's rights. 

Apparently the dress is being "rushed through the production cycle." Would you consider buying one, if you could afford it? I think I'd feel a bit odd about the copycat angle, and also the vague passive-aggression of wearing something political-but-not.
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