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Who Designed Hillary Clinton's White Suit at the DNC? Mum's the Word

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Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

My bet is on Ralph Lauren.

It’s the question on many people’s minds, at least those in the fashion industry. And it’s interesting that there hasn’t been one press release from a design house claiming it. Which brings up the question: Is this a new precedent for the first female presidential candidate?

Even Vogue magazine doesn’t have the scoop, and after news surfaced yesterday, first in a Business of Fashion report, that suggests Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour may be giving Clinton wardrobe advice on the campaign trail, too.

Typically, after any big event, from the Oscars on down to a funeral (yes, Valentino famously blasted that Amy Adams was carrying its $3,275 purse to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s funeral), a flurry of press releases land in inboxes identifying every item worn by a prominent person or celebrity, all the way down to things you can’t see. (A release came in earlier this week about the jewelry designer of Kendall Jenner’s nipple ring, Jacquie Aiche, after Jenner wrote a post on her website about why she loves it so much. You can’t make this stuff up.)

But so far, no one has come forward about Clinton’s suit or her jewelry.

She took on rival Donald Trump in her speech for promoting his platform of America First, and then profiting off his many businesses selling things not made in America, including furniture and fashion. So it’s safe to assume Clinton’s suit was probably made in America.


SUITED UP: Hillary Clinton in a white pantsuit at the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016. (Photo: Getty Images)

I reached out to reps for several prominent American fashion labels with a flair for tailoring that could have made the suit, asking if they did. I heard "no" from Michael Kors, Joseph Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford. No responses yet from Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta or Carolina Herrera, though I’d guess no on the last two.

My bet would be on Ralph Lauren. Clinton honored him at the Smithsonian in 2014, presenting him with the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal. Lauren donated $10 million to help restore the Star-Spangled Banner that flew during the pivotal Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812, and $3 million to support the Save America's Treasures program founded by Clinton when she was First Lady.

She wore a cobalt blue Ralph Lauren suit last year for the campaign opening rally on Roosevelt Island.

Lauren’s business was founded on the American dream of upward mobility, so the symbolism would be right; the designer himself was born in the Bronx, the son of Jewish immigrants. A self-made man, he started with a line of neckties and built it into a global fashion empire, even if that empire has been challenged in the past couple of years with flagging profits.

It could be that we’ll never know who made that suit, at least not in the short term. Perhaps Clinton, as the first woman presidential nominee, wanted to speak for herself, and not have a label speak for her. And for once, the fashion industry was willing to oblige.


OLD PALS: Hillary Clinton and Ralph Lauren attend the 2014 Naturalization Ceremony, hosted by The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, on June 17, 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

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