A liberal fashion writer may have read too much into Melania Trump’s wardrobe at the Republican National Convention.
Philadelphia Inquirer’s Elizabeth Wellington thought the wife of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump looked “absolutely stunning” at the RNC opening night in Cleveland.
“So on a strictly fashion note,” Wellington wrote, “the white sheath with its fluted sleeves and very cool exposed zipper down the back made for an exquisitely put together if not angelic look.”
However, on a political note, the dress made a “scary” statement, according to Wellington.
“Melania Trump was a not-so-subliminal billboard for what’s looking like the Trumpian view of an ideal America,” where the GOP view is that “white is always right,” she said.
Wellington, who is black, wrote:
“Trump’s foreignness stands in stark contrast to her husband’s “Make America Safe Again” and “Make America Great Again” sloganeering, which he plans to accomplish with his anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-Black Lives Matter platform. In other words, anti- all things brown, as some might say.”
“So while Trump appeared flawless on the Cleveland stage Monday night, whether she intended it or not, her all-white ensemble displayed the kind of foreignness that is accepted by her husband’s political party. To many, that outfit could be another reminder that in the G.O.P. white is always right.”
Wellington concluded that “if that’s the fashion statement she intended to make, it’s a very scary one.”
Ivanka Trump made a decidedly different statement, however, when she wore a modest – not white – dress from her own clothing line which earned her plenty of compliments and praise.
Meanwhile, Twitter users noticed something about the white dress Melania wore the next night…
Can stylists weigh in on why Melania would wear another white dress, not much different than plagiarism night one? Surely she has more.
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) July 22, 2016
— Kyle (@togvrak) July 22, 2016
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