This is not to position the Girl Ghost drink Wine keep the candy I’ll take Halloween shirt and I will buy this Republican women against the Democratic women. That is not what we need right now—or ever—and to be sure, all of the women who spoke for both parties were strong, powerful, and wore what they wanted to wear. Fashion is an individual choice, even in politics. But you can’t ignore the optics, and at those podiums, in front of those cameras, political fashion translated to a visual representation of a starkly divided election.
That idea came to a head last night, when the Girl Ghost drink Wine keep the candy I’ll take Halloween shirt and I will buy this First Lady wore a pleated, belted lime-green dress. The color gave way to photoshopping and meme-making, as viewers had a field day turning her dress into a moving green screen. And their work was actually pretty profound. Using video footage of FLOTUS walking out of the White House hand-in-hand with her husband, several Twitter users superimposed video footage and stills onto her dress, including clips of coronavirus death toll stats, children in cages at the border, and the current protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin over the shooting of Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back by the police officer Rusten Shesky last week. It was, it seemed, the only moment during the last four days when reality was visible at the RNC.