The Fashion of Politics

On Jan. 20, promptly at noon, a new era began. The inauguration of George W. Bush signaled a turn to conservative traditions and heartland values. And while the changes are primarily political, fashion is seeing its own transition. First Lady Laura Bush first quashed any notion of her as a mousy librarian by publicly disagreeing with her husband on Roe v. Wade. She made an even louder statement, however, when she appeared at the inaugural balls wearing a curve-hugging, siren-red dress. Her neck and ears flashed with diamond and ruby jewelry by Dallas jeweler Sue Gragg. The bold silhouette stood in sharp contrast to memories of Hillary Rodham Clinton adorned in mild violet at her husband's first inauguration. Along with the new First Lady's choice of a bright-blue fitted wool tunic, skirt, and coat with camel hair trim for the inauguration itself, her inaugural ball outfit was a sha

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