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Dressed for Politics

The Politicianis the latest collaboration between Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and Brad Falchuk, who are also the creators behind the highly successful background:white’> "Bell MT";background:white’>. In the first season of The Politician, we meet a group of very well-dressed, privileged high school teenagers in southern California. In the second season, they have moved to New York to reach for bigger things in politics. Behind the wardrobe is costume designer Claire Parkinson, who had in-depth conversations with Ryan Murphy about each character in the show before creating their look. She created a strong individual style for each of them but focused style that is timeless and classic with inspiration from several periods, including real-life politicians Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, John F. Kennedy, and Barack Obama.

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Bell MT";color:#222222’>eth Paltrow plays Georgina Hobart, the mother of adoptive son Payton Hobart. In season 2, she decides to run for Governor of California and is seen here in a blue business suit during a political debate. 

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Judith Light plays Dede Standish, an ambitious, veteran City Council member.

Ben Platt plays the role of the young politician Payton Hobart, who went from an ambitious high school politician running an aggressive campaign for class president to running for office in New York.

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Bell MT";color:#222222’>We loved working with Paul Smith again this season for Payton’s closet,” says Claire Parkinson, who points out that Payton’s style is not fully typical for a politician as it is more colorful and wears many patterns. “It is one of our favorite brands for Payton. It has a beautiful fit. The patterns, textures, and fabrics really align with the character since they are typically a bit more exciting than a lot of the suiting out there. The super slim fit is so perfect for Ben’s frame. We loved this wool windowpane suit that is dark brown and green plaid. We used a lot of warm wools and cashmere knits in New York this season and they paired really well with many of the suits we found. This is a cashmere brown turtleneck.”

 “It is really nice to work with people like Bette and Judith because they have such strong visions and really understand the clothing,” says Claire Parkinson. “They both come from families that have worked in clothing, so it was very collaborative with them.”

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