Friday, December 04, 2009

Ted Lapidus and the Palestinian Revolution

When the French fashion designer, Ted Lapidus, died last year, I was planning on writing something about him given his connection--albeit indirect--to the Palestinian Revolution. You see Lapidus designed the Safari suit for men, and it was the most common uniform for the leaders of the Palestinian Revolution for much of the 1970s and 1980s. It was favored by leaders of the left, center, and right. It gave the image of elegance but not of excessive elegance, and it also conformed to the physical requirements of movement and travel. So when the history of the Palestinian Revolution is written, a word should be said about Ted Lapidus.