Any designer or stylist worth their chicken salt knows that our young country only boasts a few fashion icons. Collette Dinnigan, Jenny Kee, Akira Isogawa, and Pauline Hanson – four Australians with their finger on the aesthetic pulse, and from whom we can all learn better presentation.
In the above video exclusive for SBS Online, see Hanson talk about some of her favourite looks as Simon Hunt – the man behind Pauline Pantsdown, explains just how he emanated them.
Then get some style inspiration with ten of her most iconic looks below:
The Pauline Hanson
First off, nailing a vertical hedge of pure ginger (or flaming hot ‘fro) is no easy feat. Achieving the perfect height and level of bounce requires years of cultivating and taming, which is why we so rarely see The Pauline Hanson in 2016.
Some say Pauline’s do was inspired by a particular sporting legend from the 80’s, but for the life of me, I can’t remember her name.
Nothing says “would you like three-day old vegetable oil with that?” like a simple polo shirt in luminescent blue. Tuck that sucker into a pair of jeans (never leave untucked!) and you’re much more than halfway towards high-waisted heaven.
Ever the pattern of professionalism, tartan moves in focused lines that criss-cross and snap audiences to attention. Reminiscent of Scottish men wearing heavy skirts, tartan’ing up is a powerful statement - arguably too potent for many an ordinary Australian.
Luckily, as much as she’d hate to admit it, Pauline isn’t an ordinary Australian. She’s extra-ordinary.
On Facebook this week, Pauline proved that she's still a big fan of that very same tartan ensemble as she sported it as she addressed followers in one of her video blogs:
The Fair Maiden (Speech)
Pauline easily could have exploded into public consciousness in a garment that softened her controversial words. Instead, she remained true to the nature of her political standpoint, choosing a black suit with militaristic embellishments.
If struggling to achieve this look, just imagine if Kim Jong II was female and go from there.
Whether lowering into a private garden party, or merely stopping by the local park for a photo opportunity with a homeless war veteran, this pink and white ensemble tells the world “oh, just set me down wherever” but also “as long as I’m happy with the spot.”
Casual yet commanding, you can grab virtually exactly the same thing from Target for $14.50.
The Hanson Makeover
Even Pauline’s aware of her ultra-specific wardrobe, so occasionally it’s nice to indulge in the glamorous. The makeover was a conciliatory offer from Brisbane designer Richard De Chazal after Hanson was snubbed by the clothing brand Cue, and we imagine it’s quite easy to get snubbed by Cue.
So no excuses! You too can remind passers-by of a family of skunks devouring an Edwardian drape.
Actually, never mind.
A mistake that’s too often made by naïve dressers of clothes, is wearing your interests and leanings on your sleeve. Sure, if you want to band together one nation under the Southern Cross, you would want people to know your plans, but no need to go overboard.
Twenty years ago, Pauline may have suggested an accompanying hat, but these days she’s learned that a tiny, discrete print of the Australian flag and your printed Christian name just in case your face isn’t sufficiently recognisable, is all one really needs.
Maturity is often mislabelled as a time for beige. One’s age has nothing to do with their ability to make work the risqué, and here Pauline takes to a political event in the most bad-ass blouse this side of Redfern.
While some have likened this number to a peacock wrapped in gaffer tape or a series of red-blood cell slides, we merely call it Nouveu Pauline.
‘Welcome to our country, can I check your passport?’ merchandise
Don’t assume bright orange belongs to telecommunication companies or Ross in the first few seasons of Friends. In this era of too-many political parties, some of them named after actual colours (green), it’s important to place impact over individualism.
This mass-produced testament to all-things-Pauline can be purchased from the rear of the Hanson household. One size fits all.