The meaning behind the suits wore by Indonesian presidential candidates in the election debates 2019


Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto - Indonesian Presidential Election Debate 2019 has been officially over. The first round was held in Hotel Sultan, Jakarta, Saturday, April 13th 2019. The debate was between the two pairs of presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate, Jokowi-KH Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno.

Not only the materials of the debate, the way the candidates dressed also become the source of attention of the media. The two pairs were wearing different kinds of clothes.

Jokowi and Ma’ruf Amin wore white long-sleeved shirt, while Prabowo and Sandiaga wore suit on top of white shirt with red ties. According to fashion consultant Amy Wirabumi, the reason for this is because of their different background and the different image they want to show.

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Amy said that the white shirt that Jokowi and Ma’ruf Amin wore symbolizes modesty and simplicity.

“The style of white shirt is quite new compared to what other officials used to wear. But in the end we like wearing white shirt, so it shows simplicity,” Amy said.

Amy also said that the suit worn by Prabowo and Subianto gives the impression of neatness and prestige.

“If we flash back, shoulder pads will always make someone look prestigious. So the choice of suit will build an impression which will be sent to the viewers. The impression that we get is neat and prestigious.


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