Ban Ki-moon

The love affair between politics and fashion continues apace. This week the Nelson Mandela Foundation unveiled its clothing line in NY and announced it was coming to New York Fashion Week in September. However, Mr Mandela – or his Foundation – is not the first political entity to realise that fashion can be a useful weapon. Indeed, dare I say it, I think this is a major trend.  

Many — ok, mostly musicians it seems: Paul Simon, Bono — have tried; can fashion succeed? In changing Africa’s image, that is. The secretary general of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, seems to think the answer may be yes, as demonstrated by his appearance as the cover boy on this month’s L’Uomo Vogue, aka Italian men’s Vogue, on an issue with the cover line “Rebranding Africa,” and contents devoted to the same.