Wearing what we like, what suits us and what makes us happy should be normal. However, women are – and have been for decades – subject to dress codes. “Too” short skirt, “too” high-cut shirt, “too” tight jeans… dressing freely is almost impossible in our society. A social limitation that many politicians know all too well. Update on women’s and politicians’ struggles to dress the way they want.
Clothing, an aesthetic burden for women
If the suit is now worn a lot by women and became the garment gadget of all our wardrobes, for a chic style, this dress was mainly the prerogative of men†
Long assigned household chores and family lifewomen were not free to dispose of themselves and their dressing rooms could only hold suitably long skirts and suits to respect the decency imposed by the patriarchy. As for the men, they carried on their shoulders suits that confirm their position as workers and “man of the house”†
It’s onlyfrom the 70s and 80s, which hardly blurs the image of the housewife and little and leave room for a more modern, free and emancipated woman† She wants to show herself at all levels: at work and within her family. Gradually she frees herself from social norms.
Emancipation through clothing
A emancipation movement that has gripped fashion designers† Gabrielle Chanel, for example, made suit in skirt and pants an icon of the modern woman and released. Worn by Marlène Dietrich and Grace of Monaco, these clothes have redesigned femininity and dethroned sartorial masculinity†
“The tailor has the same goal, the same goal as the man’s suit: that is, to offer a pleasant outfit, but with distinction. Coco Chanel imagined the female version,” Véronique Belloir, collection manager at Palais Galliera, told Vogue magazine.
Yves-Saint-Laurent, for his part, has completely shuffled fashion codes† the tuxedo is no longer just for men† It is also worn by women. This new garment, creator of amazement and indignation, is quickly adopted by women†
Worn by Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Hardy, Betty Cattroux or even Loulou de lacliff… the trouser suit has become a true symbol of women’s power and emancipationwhile enhancing their femininity.
The suit: power in politics
If Yves-Saint-Laurent’s tuxedo seduced more than one woman, Getting into politics took time† When we think of ‘fashion’ in politics, we think of the story of Michèle Alliot-Marie, politician and former Member of Parliament for Pyrénées-Atlantiques. On the pretext that she was wearing trousers, the National Assembly messenger did not let her in. But of course she didn’t take it off.
“Too” short skirt, “too” high-cut shirt, “too” tight jeans… women have always made sexist comments about the way they dress† And in politics being a woman is trying to find a balance between decency, modesty, respect, office dignitymodesty, legitimacy and discretion, to avoid scandal and focus on ideas and sophisticated political projects.
“By adopting these clothes, we avoid using some of their speaking time to talk about their style rather than evoke their ideas or their program,” notes Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the former mayor in 2014 from Longjumeaeu at the Huffington Post
A refined and feminine balance which many female politicians opt for. Hillary Clinton also made her emblem during her presidential campaign.
Our French candidates, Valérie Pécresse, Marine Le Pen and Anne Hidalgo have also chosen to wear them† On the far left, however, Nathalie Arthaud, candidate of Lutte Ouvrière, leans more towards a dress style like “everyone”†
“Nathalie Arthaud is going to wear clothes she could wear every day, like a denim jacket, it’s a way of positioning herself among her constituents and not above them,” said Sophie Lemahieu, fashion historian at the Huffington Post.
In short, the choice for a trouser suit by women is far from trivial. USAhis somewhat “everyday” garment tells the story of women’s emancipation and the need for politicians to be heard, not watched. A real masterpiece for imposing his power in politics.