Monday, August 25, 2008

Obama, McCain Looking Good on Paper

Adam Tschorn of the Los Angeles Times reports that one of the biggest showdowns between presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain might be entirely on paper:
That’s because the super-flat senators are the sartorial subjects of renowned paper doll artist Tom Tierney, who casts the candidates and their spouses as ready-to-dress paper people, each with about half a dozen wardrobe changes (Oddly, Barack Obama’s daughters Malia and Natasha are included -- each with a single cold-weather outfit -- but John McCain's brood of seven is absent).

Despite the kitsch factor, the books stand on their own (as do the
senators, with the proper folding and a drop of glue) as miniature style archives for both men, by depicting them in historically accurate garb. “History” going about as far back as their respective wedding days: McCain in white tie and black peak lapel tailcoat for his 1980 nuptials to Cindy Hensley, and Obama in a black tuxedo with satin peak lapels for his 1992 “I do” to Michelle Robinson. The books wind through looks from public appearances early this year, such as McCain's white-and-blue check button-front shirt, red baseball cap and khaki-colored bullet-proof vest for a visit to Baghdad in April, and Obama’s “lightweight ‘Western’ suit and a regional hat” from a February whistle-stop in Texas.
The books are published by Dover and are widely available. The L.A. Times piece is here.


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