Model Democracy

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Melissa August, Val Castronovo, Rachel Dry, Daren Fonda, Michael Jackson, Ellin Martens, Benjamin Nugent, Michele Orecklin, Julie Rawe, John Rosenblatt and Josh Tyrangiel


The U.S. may have the world’s wisest, noblest Congress, but what about the most fashion forward? In the U.S. House chamber, coats and ties are mandatory for men. Elsewhere they aren’t so stuffy. Here are some of the chicest:

BERMUDA: Last week lawmakers made Bermuda shorts acceptable dress in Parliament. Safari suits and Nehru jackets for men were also allowed, as were pantsuits for women. Verdict: Very retro, very groovy.

SOUTH AFRICA: In 1994, Mandela’s sweeping reforms introduced to Parliament traditionally African items, such as long floral shirts. Verdict: Fresh, casual and oh-so-now.

BRITAIN: The speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd, has chosen not to wear the traditional wig, but the sergeant at arms still wears a sword. Verdict: Classic with a twist. The sword, while not practical, shows commitment.

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