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THURSDAY

When I mentioned “political fashion” to my favorite local erudite political commentator, his response was “Bib…” With a bit of prodding, he elaborated, “As in Monica Lewinsky.” Well, maybe. Or is “political fashion” a polite term for the sartorial statements of the Libertarian Party’s Starchild, who reportedly graced this year’s convention in a smart little off-white fur bikini accompanied by butterfly wings and a neon-blue pageboy? What could possibly go better with a fur bikini than butterfly wings? In “Partisan Fashion: American Campaign Clothing,” Harry Rubenstein will be talking about an array of campaign threads. So be sure to ask about the tricorn hat wrestled from a silver-haired grandmother at Pat Buchanan headquarters when the lecture begins at noon at the Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Gretta Yao)