North Korea’s Kim Jong Il a Fashion Bug
The Dear Leader not only is starting a fashion craze, but his lavish lifestyle has become the envy of the haute cuisine set.
April 22, 2010 - 12:00 am
According to communist newspaper Rodong Sinmun, the world has been “gripped” by the fashion sense and “global vogue” of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il. This fall, expect to see a worldwide comeback of 1980’s Ray-Bans and Members Only jackets.
Surely you’ve heard of this phenomenon already, but in case you’ve been under a rock, the full story can be found here.
Apparently France is all aflutter with reports that the “Kim Jong-Il mode, which is now spreading expeditiously worldwide, is something unprecedented in the world’s history.”
Here in America, eBay has been flooded with shoppers looking for this treasured, vintage style. A quick search turns up well over 500 matches just for the jacket alone!
And who can forget the homage paid to the “Great General” in the American television series Will and Grace? The fashion-savvy character Rosario is a clear tribute to Kim, as she continually upstages her plain and poorly dressed companion, Karen Walker.
Many world leaders are clamoring for the subtle yet genius North Korean couture.
It’s even been rumored that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has admired Kim Jong-Il’s attire. She’s apparently looking for a new authoritative style, away from her Mao Mandarin collars.
Other items expected to make a comeback for communist dictators:
Men’s clothing isn’t Kim’s only specialty. The dictator launched a recent campaign against “untidy and foreign hairstyles.” He declared that hair for women should be tied back and for men it should be kept short.