International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has taken a subtle dig at society’s obsession with sartorial matters by giving a genius response to a reporter while working at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
After representing Armenia in a case against a Turkish Workers Party leader charged with denying the 1915 Armenian genocide in 2007, Mrs Clooney was asked by a reporter about her growing fashion reputation.
Instead of naming a high profile designer, Mrs Clooney, who recently married Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor George Clooney, said she was dressed in Ede & Ravenscroft.
I ask Amal Clooney about the fashion speculation. She laughed & pointed to her robes, “I’m wearing Ede & Ravenscroft” pic.twitter.com/cEsuy87Vda
— Bruno Waterfield (@BrunoBrussels) January 28, 2015
Although that might sound like a boutique designer or purveyor of high-end fashion, it is not. Far from it.
Ede & Ravenscroft makes formal legal wear for court use and graduation ceremonies, known to lawyers and students around the world. You won’t find it on the runways of Paris or in the pages of Vogue.
On her way to the trial, the lawyer made headlines for a red coat she was spotted wearing, which prompted the question.
The response is in line with Mrs Clooney’s growing reputation of polite contempt and boredom with discussion of what she wears, first seen when she wore gloves to avoid the ‘mani-cam’ and wedding ring talk on the Golden Globes Red Carpet.
She may be avoiding leading fashion questions, but Mrs Clooney has certainly become the face of international law, thanks to her high profile marriage to the Oscar winning director and her incredible wedding-week garb.
The 36-year-old London-based lawyer has been photographed at every public opportunity since her 2014 marriage, including her work to return the Parthenon marbles to Greece and for victims of the Armenian genocide.
She has also raised the profile of the wrongful jailing of three Al Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, in a recent interview criticising the Egyptian government.
What can’t this woman do?
– with Antonia Acott