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Presumptive Speaker, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) leave after making statements to the press after a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Big Coat Energy’

Nancy Pelosi becomes surprise fashion icon after showdown with Donald Trump

December 14, 2018

House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi made headlines on Tuesday during a dramatic televised Oval Office confrontation with President Donald Trump that ended with Trump declaring he’d be “proud” to shutdown the government if Democrats didn’t approve funding for his much-talked-about border wall. But leaving aside Pelosi’s highly publicized response to Trump’s bravado — “It’s like a manhood thing for him … As if manhood could ever be associated with him,” Pelosi reportedly told Democrats in a closed-door meeting — images of the House leader leaving the White House resulted in a different sort of praise altogether. Decked out with sunglasses, an elegant rust-colored coat, and a confident smiling demeanor, Pelosi, commenters from both sides of the aisle agreed, was dressed to kill. Her attire and swagger also spawned Gifs and memes that were shared on social media.

The resulting firestorm of attention led to a frantic search to identify the origin and maker of Pelosi’s coat, and a surge of articles that saw publications such as The Boston Globe characterize the phenomenon as “Big Coat Energy.” A feature from The New York Times later identified the coat as a 2013 production from Italian fashion house Max Mara. The brand has since announced that it will bring back the Glamis coat to its outerwear collection in 2019 — a decision that the company acknowledged was inspired by the splash Pelosi made while wearing the garment.

“You develop an emotional relationship with a coat like nothing else in your wardrobe,” said Max Mara creative director Ian Griffiths in a statement. “I can imagine why Ms. Pelosi chose to wear it for this important moment, and I’m honored.”

And observers paying attention to her daughter’s Twitter feed learned a little more about the fabled coat. It was purchased around Christmas in 2012 as the once and likely future House Speaker was looking for something new to wear to President Obama’s second inauguration.

Read the full story at Glamour.


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