Your Questions Answered About Wardrobe-Gate
This week, Sarah Palin said she was "back to wearing my own clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska." Really?
You betcha. She sported a pink jacket from "Out of the Closet"; owner Ellen Arvold told CBS that Palin's been a customer for three years, buys mostly "classic, feminine, fitted jackets" for $40 to $100.
Did she personally go on that $150,000 shopping trip to Neiman Marcus and Saks?
The Palin camp hasn't explained who went on the ill-fated spree. Best guess? While the nominee was working the convention, an aide raced over to the stores, picked out a variety of suits and accessories and brought them to her hotel. Insiders are still pointing fingers about whose bright idea this was, anyway.
Who actually owns the designer duds?
The Republican National Committee, which also paid for her makeup artist, her hairdresser and outfits for her family.
The RNC returned one-third of the items. Damage control?
McCain adviser Mark Salter said they went back to stores right after the convention because they weren't Palin's size or style.
What's happening to the rest?
Palin has worn many but not all of the outfits; some are in the belly of her campaign plane. Spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt said everything will be donated to an undetermined charity after the election, including that swell $2,500 Valentino ivory silk jacket Palin wore for her convention acceptance speech.
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