At the Intersection of Fashion + Politics

President Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama in a dress by Jason Wu at the Inaugural Ball.

The 2012 Presidential campaigns are well under way, and it looks like President Obama will have the most fashionable campaign – EVER. Twenty-two designers have partnered with the Obama campaign initiative Runway to Win, for which designers will create merchandise to help raise funds for the President’s 2012 Reelection Campaign.

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The Obamas have had a close relationship with the fashion community from the beginning, largely thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama’skeen fashion sense, which has catapulted several designers, such as Jason Wu and Rachel Roy, into the spotlight. Anna Wintour has also been a driving force behind this marriage of politics and fashion, having hosted several fundraising dinners for the Obamas in her West Village home.

And in true Vogue style, the editor-in-chief will co-host a shindig with Scarlett Johansson in February, which is expected to draw a very fashionable crowd including designers, models, actors, and other prominent celebrities. The event is headed by Sylvana Ward Durrett, a director of special events at Vogue, who also organizes the Met ball. If that is any indication, it will be a truly magical evening!

The Runway to Win e-commerce site launches this Thursday, January 12, and will feature items from Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Joseph Altuzarra, Rag & Bone, and many more. Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, or Independent – you will not want to miss these limited edition items!

[Source: WWD]