The worlds of fashion and politics have collided once again. When the redacted version of the Mueller report was released yesterday, just about everyone was discussing its contents — at least what was made available to the public. Large portions of the report were labeled as potentially causing “harm to ongoing matter,” and those sections were blacked out from view. On Twitter, one person realized that the report itself — with its chunks of redacted text — could actually be viewed through an interesting lens: red carpet fashion.
It all started when Danny Nett, an engagement editor at NPR, created a thread of what he described as “Mueller report redactions as red carpet looks.” And, well, let’s just say that Nett might be onto something here.
His first selection? Emma Watson at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, wearing a monochrome Chanel gown.
Next up, Nett shared a snapshot of Lady Gaga attending the 5th Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards, where she stunned in a leather ensemble by Rodarte that was topped off with a bow and ruffle details.
To complement page 20 of the redacted report — which was literally almost entirely blacked out — Nett referred to Billy Porter’s show-stopping tuxedo dress from this year’s Oscars. Christian Siriano designed the instantly iconic look.
For the totally blacked out page 30, Nett posted a photo of Kit Harington wearing an all-black tux at the 2018 Golden Globes.
To match up with the patchy redactions of page D-5, we got this classic black-and-white number from Janelle Monaé at the premiere of Creed. Australian designer Manning Cartell created the two-piece ensemble.
And last but not least, who can forget Sarah Paulson in this elegant Giorgio Armani gown at the 2015 SAG Awards? The plain white top with the flowing black skirt looks nearly identical to page 133. Uncanny, isn’t it?
No word yet on whether Nett intends to pursue a career in red carpet commentary, but if so, this is a pretty solid starting point.