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Angela Merkel: jacket with pants

Angela Merkel: jacket with pants

Power can mean not having to do anything. Not to mention what critics, opponents, advisers and party colleagues reiterate. Angela Merkel has perfected this next-so-mode, this pragmatic ignorance of objections during her tenure – even in places where she has not noticed. The fact that you did not realize it is the truly clever thing about it.
            
            
        By the end of her time as Chancellor, she has managed to stop judging a woman by her clothes. Well, that is only true for a woman, and that for her. And it took a long time before everyone fell silent – even the fashion designers. Karl Lagerfeld, for example, once thought that she could only have her custom-made with her "special proportions". Common.
        Is this silence about how this woman dresses, so not a beginning at the end of her time as Chancellor? Perhaps other women can benefit from the fact that Angela Merkel has held on to a self-chosen, always the same clothing combination until it became the equivalent of men's suit – to something that has nothing to do with fashion, the body eliminated rather than stressed and thus hermetically encloses it, so that it is no longer perceived as such.
        Even if you do not have to be amazed by the always slightly disconsolate jacket by Horst Seehofer or by Friedrich Merz's crumpled gray jacket, men can look forward to these pieces of armor for their journey into the world in this country since the early 19th century abandoned, along with the development of a bourgeois society. For women, there is no counterpart that has become a matter of course. The costume, perhaps – but this emphasizes that it is an explicitly feminine variant of the male business suit, and again and again the difference, and invites in the shortness of the skirt to judge the female body in it.
            
            
        For Merkel, however, everything is always jacket with pants. The latter is a replaceable black model with a straight, wide leg. It remains completely unclear how many copies she has and whether there are many. The jacket is innumerable variations of a basic model, designed at the beginning of Merkel's chancellorship by the Hamburg designer Bettina Schoenbach: Originally it was a straight cut three-button blazer, which became a little shorter and boxier over the years and often even collarless: instead of lapel It has a round neckline, a lace or a stand-up collar and sometimes four buttons. Overall, the deviations are so small that Angela Merkel's signature silhouette always remains recognizable – as iconic as the outlines of a traffic light male.
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