Silence on Seventh Avenue

Go ahead and wear designer labels, but when it comes to politics, don't ask designers to label themselves.

Arnold Scaasi dressed his first First Lady in 1958, when he was called upon by Mamie Eisenhower. Over the years, he has maintained a relationship with the White House, most notably as Barbara Bush's chief couturier but also with her daughter-in-law Laura and, on one occasion, Hillary Clinton. In interviews and in his new book, Women I Have Dressed (and Undressed), Scaasi ruminates easily on the comeliness of Mamie's bosom or how Barbara looks in nothing but a slip. Yet there is one topic he considers inappropriate to discuss--with either his Washington wives or the public--and that is politics. "Clothes have...

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