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Edward Kennedy’s

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2009 at 2:01 am

In the wake of Edward Kennedy’s death, The Washington Post has a fine appreciation of the Kennedy clan’s perfectly imperfect style. Fashion writer Robin Givhan puts a nice twist on the old Shakespearean adage that clothes make the man by arguing that patrician pedigree can make even modest attire look rich.

It’s an interesting way of looking at things. The idea that clothes make the man (”the apparel oft proclaims the man,” is how Polonious puts it in “Hamlet”) suggests a case of working from the outside in, whereas Givhan says that with the Kennedys it went from the inside out, with their character imbuing otherwise understated attire with the associations of wealth and privilege. In the former it’s the clothes that are doing the proclaiming, in the latter, the man himself.


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