By Erica Abbott
Reports that President Donald Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway copied a vintage “Simplicity” pattern in her Inauguration Day outfit are fake. Though Conway’s patriotic ensemble did turn heads last week, a “Simplicity” photo showing the same outfit design is fabricated.
According to Snopes, the original “Simplicity” photo displays a 1970s sewing pattern, which features green, pink and purple coat dresses. In the altered photo, however, the purple dress is switched out for Conway’s outfit—including both the red-white-and-blue coat and red hat. The viral outfit was shared on the World of Wonder Productions Facebook page, showing a side-by-side comparison of Conway’s outfit and the fabricated sewing pattern. The image has been shared more than 28,000 times.
The image claimed that Gucci ripped off the “Simplicity” design that “Ms. Alternate Facts 2017” donned. In reality, however, the 1974 sewing pattern (numbered 6554) looks much different. According to the description listed on the Finicky Pattern Shop, the juniors’ petite and misses’ short dress pattern featured a “gored skirt stitched to bodice at normal waistline [and] has shirt type collar, front button closing, back inset, self fabric tie ends and set-in sleeves gathered to armholes. V.1 has long sleeves finished with contrasting French cuffs and a separate contrasting collar.” The pattern is still available on many Etsy shops.
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When Conway debuted her $3,600 Gucci outfit at the inauguration on Friday, social media had plenty to say. Twitter users compared the “revolutionary” getup to Paddington Bear, the “Hamilton” costumes, an American Girl doll and even the old New England Patriots logo. Time reported that the ensemble was meant to be viewed as “Trump Revolutionary Wear,” featuring colors inspired by London.
One Facebook user pointed out that the design comparison was clearly fake, writing:
The person who altered the picture did not do a very good job. the face on the center picture does not match the other two and all the dresses in a pattern are always variations of the same dress while the center one is very different. Plus, the colouring and pleating techniques in the illustration does not match the other two. Of course, I could have start with Simplicity and Vogue were two different companies in the 70’s as well. It is a fabricated joke…. And a damn funny one!
Despite the comparison meme being fabricated, Conway’s outfit will still no doubt go down in history as an all-time revolutionary ensemble.
Social Media Shares Fake Kellyanne Conway “Simplicity” Pattern Meme
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