General Antisemitism

Muammar Gaddafi: Politics, Totalitarian. Fashion, Dior?


I just had to find a way to post this photo of Muammar Gaddafi donning such an elaborate (Purim inspired?) outfit but didn’t know how to contextualize it in a way which was a least tangentially related to the Guardian.

And then I had a brainstorm (or, at least an amusing thought):

Maybe John Galliano’s anti-Semitic pro-Hitler outburst (initially defended as simply implausible by Guardian fashion editor, Jess Cartner-Morely), was really just a case of a dedicated artist immersing himself in Nazi culture in advance of releasing his latest  Ruthless-Dictator Chic line – a line modeled by none other than Brother Leader and Guide of the Revolution, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi!

Alas, I just came across this quote by the octogenarian Israeli President Shimon Peres, who, prior to my relatively obvious observation, also linked John Galliano’s remarks with the Libya dictator, saying:

“Who needs this Gaddafi? I think he should have gone to work at Dior. He changes his outfit everyday, investing thousands of dollars in strange hats, crappy dresses, wasting his money… Who needs him? You tell me, what for?”

Or, on the other hand, maybe Gaddafi is simply displaying what the Francophile Cartner-Morely would no doubt describe as his Bon Viveur!

8 replies »

  1. Gaddafi is clearly gay and into cross-dressing. He only keeps the famous Ukrainian nurse so he can try on her uniform.

  2. Puts me in mind of Jenny Joseph’s poem of the year which begins, “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple…..”

    But he’s forgotten the red hat.

    I agree with Geary that Gadaffy should adopt the veil, preferably a red one to remain within the spirit of the poem.

  3. Dictator schmatta.

    Was it Galliano who said that Mohamed Karzai was the most chic man in the world? But that was then!