Friday, March 4, 2011

Bye Bye, Qaddafi - We'll Miss Your Flamboyant Sense of Fashion

Since my guess is that Colonel/Dictator Qaddafi will not be with us too much longer (though history may as yet prove me wrong), I wanted to pay tribute to the dictator who, over the past 4 decades, has often served as a fashion inspiration to despots and tyrants across the globe. Here are a few of my favorite Qaddafi getups, via Vanity Fair:

In this extraordinary ensemble, Qaddafi manages to combine the subtlety of a peacock with a variety of cloth patterns that go together like oil, water, gasoline, kerosene, and fire. It's truly a magnificent sight - President Obama is so awed (or blinded) by the spectacle that he must avert his eyes, as if he's staring into the face of God Him-/Herself.
I, for one, am quite sorry that this trend never really caught on - wearing a photograph of your favorite political death/execution on your chest in a hand-made frame. That's a lot of wasted potential; just imagine the conversations at dinner parties - "Oh, you're a Thích Quảng Đức man, are you? I'm partial to Nguyễn Văn Lém myself." Or, if you're the kind of leader who prefers a softer touch, you could wear a photo of your favorite underage prostitute instead - I guess Berlusconi must have left his on the plane.
This outfit almost defies description - let's just say that I'm wowed by Qaddafi's ability to hold his head high while wearing anything - including robes that look like they were fashioned from my late grandma's curtains.
This selection is, in my opinion, the best-of-the-best, but if that's not enough for you, you can check out the rest at Vanity Fair.

Well, dear Qaddafi, I think it's terrible the way that you have unleashed the Lybian army (well, a bunch of mercenaries, at least) on the Lybian people, so for that and much more I say good riddance to you - but at the same time, I feel that we have lost the only visionary fashionista among world dictators, which is a shame. I mean, it's not like we can expect Kim Jong-il to pick up the slack, can we?

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