Vanessa Friedman of the Financial Times has written a very interesting piece on the political power of fashion. In particular, she looks at the "Woman in Red Dress", who has become one of the symbols of the current protests in Turkey and explores why this particular woman in her "puff-sleeved, scooped-neck, flared red frock and trainers, a tote bag slung over her shoulder" has captured the world's attention:
Because here’s the thing: in that dress, with those shoes and that bag, the woman in red doesn’t look like an activist or a revolutionary. She’s not wearing any of the clothes we normally associate with protest movements, be it the Mao jacket or the safari suit. She doesn’t look like a soldier. Nor does she look like a student – another group we are used to seeing in protest mode – or, for that matter, a victim. She isn’t covering her head and cowering; she isn’t wearing traditional robes. She is wearing the sort of neat day dress that looks an awful lot like what is known these days as the “soft power dress”: the feminine look that has replaced the shoulder-padded jacket as the outfit of choice for very successful public women from Anna Wintour to Samantha Cameron.You can read the full piece HERE.
In other words, she looks like a nice well-groomed working woman. She looks like us.