As if dealing with a citizen-led uprising while attempting to secure your own controversial position as dictator for life in Libya wasn’t enough, reports now say that Moammar Qaddafi is actively lobbying to have his own Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The annual Costume Institute show typically highlights a designer or fashion moment that’s reflective of a major change in the industry — this year it’s Alexander McQueen. One of Qaddafi’s aides sent an email to New York Times Fashion Editor Horacio Silva, hoping to entice him to lobby on Qaddafi’s behalf.
“There is intense interest in our proposal for a retrospective in 2013 of Colonel Gaddafi’s four decades of superior dress sense … Decades of Military uniforms and leisure wear mostly hand made from the finest fabrics on earth that show not only President Col. Gaddafi’s strong commitment to leadership qualities but his relaxed and informal side as a devoted family man who loves to entertain.”
And also! Did you know “it is not only African and Arab leaders who have been influenced by his style and substance but many western rock stars and celebrities have also been won over by the Gaddafi look: most notably Michael Jackson in the 1980s copied the signature motif military style of our leader to great chart success on his own terms.” We will say, he’s not afraid of a lot of look. Below, enjoy an absolutely stunning video of Qaddafi’s sartorial finery.