Robin Givhan: 2006 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Category of Criticism

2006 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Criticism | The Washington Post's fashion editor Robin Givhan won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Her columns submitted for consideration are below.

As innkeeper Paul Rusesabagina in "Hotel Rwanda," Don Cheadle uses his personal dress code to afford himself a small measure of civility.
 
At a gathering of world leaders to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the vice president was dressed in the kind of attire one typically wears to operate a snow blower.
 
There were a lot of things on the runway when entertainer Jennifer Lopez presented the clothing collection that bears her name. It is unclear whether fashion was one of them.
 
The Secretary of State's long black coat and knee-high boots speak of sex and power -- such a volatile combination, and one that in political circles rarely leads to anything but scandal.
 
There are any number of striking aspects to Camilla Parker Bowles's fashion sense, but the most startling is that, after more than a decade in the public eye, it does not seem to have changed at all.
 
The opening of "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" brought out the expected array of incorrigible fans who do not seem the least bit queasy walking around dressed as stormtroopers, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader.
 
After-hours shopping is a favor, not a right. There's nothing wrong with a store saying not tonight, madame, as long as the reason doesn't have anything to do with skin color. It's okay to say no to a celebrity, even when her name is Oprah.
 
The manner in which New York Times reporter Judith Miller and rapper Lil' Kim publicly presented themselves, upon hearing the news that they were going to the pokey, was a telling shorthand to their supporters.
 
When President Bush announced his choice for the next associate justice of the Supreme Court, it was hard not to marvel at the 1950s-style tableau vivant that was John Roberts and his family.
 
Three designers approach fashion from the point of view that clothes do not always have to make one look desirable, pleasant or even approachable.
 

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