At Angry Warlord, we naturally cover a lot of, well, warlords! We’ve talked about famous warlords who’ve managed to becomes presidents. Today, we’re going to talk about the crazy outfits worn by these downright dangerous men. Welcome to Warlord Clothing!
It may not come as a surprise that warlords, wherever they are in the world and when not in combat, tend to dress well. These are dangerous men with access to untold amount of resources and wealth stemming out of everything from blood diamonds to vast oil reserves.
Their fashion choices range from downright gaudy to outright aesthetic. From the safety of your computer screen, the distinction is a choice you’re free to take. Let’s dive into five crazy outfits worn by dangerous men that are classic warlord clothing!
Warlord Clothing of Colonel Gadaffi
Born to a poor Bedouin family in 1942, Gadaffi grew up to lead a military coup and take control of Libya. He would go on to transform the country into a socialist state dedicated to Arab nationalism and socialism and eventually, the Gadaffi founded Third International Theory.
Wearing swanky Louis Vuitton sunglasses, Gaddafi surveys a Community of Sahel-Saharan States meeting in Sirt, Libya, on March 7, 2002.
The reign of Gaddafi was one of terror and audaciousness. The latter was manifested in iconic scenes ranging from all-virgin female bodyguard known as the Amazonian Guard to gold plated guns. Gaddafi’s choice of outfits were no exception.
Gaddafi was well known for a range of eye-catching warlord clothing. At the G-8 summit in 2009, he shunned the traditional dark suit of every other world leader in place of an extravagant white-on-black outfit. He cuts a unique image to say the least! credit ETTORE FERRARI / EPA
Another example of warlord clothing worn by the slain colonel is a shirt that is eye-catching, to say the least. This shirt was worn by Gaddafi on his diplomatic visit to Mozambique in 2003. The shirt is emblazoned with the images of various people Gadaffi classed as freedom fighters. CREDIT ALEXANDER JOE / AFP / GETTY IMAGES
And finally, we go back to 2009 when Gaddafi made his first visit to the former colonial master of Libya: Italy. On arrival, he met then Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Pinned to Gaddafi’s chest is a photo of a Libyan resistance fighter named Omar Mukhtar who was hanged by Italian forces in 1931.
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Crazy Outfits of Ramzan Kadyrov
Ramzan Kadyrov is the strongman leader of the Chechen Republic which was engulfed in turmoil and civil war for over a decade. Initially an anti-Russian separatist fighter, he switched sides to combat the growing bands of Islamist fanatics ravaging Chechnya.
After serving as warlord commander of the Kadyrovsky militia, he hung up his fatigues to become the Republic’s president after his father was assassinated in 2004. Since then, his public image has transformed from a tracksuit-wearing warlord to a medieval armor-wearing president.
Heavily subsidized by Moscow, Kadyrov has access to any type of clothing he desires. This can range from custom Islamic tracksuits made by his wife’s fashion company to literal medieval chainmail armor.
After winning a landslide 98% of the election vote in 2016, Kadyrov decided to celebrate in style. He arrived at a state dinner table dressed head to toe in a full suite of traditional Chechen armor complete with a razor-sharp sword and a spear.
He was the only one dressed in costume, the others may have missed the memo. Ironically, the day Kadyrov chose to celebrate winning the election was also the Republic’s annual Day of the Chechen Woman.
The Peak Warlord Clothing of Idi Amin
So here we are. Number one spot on the list of the most iconic warlord clothing and crazy outfits worn by some of the most dangerous men on earth. When it comes to the best warlord outfit and warlord gear, there are few people who can rival Idi Amin.
Following the Ugandan coup of 1971, the country fell under the tyrannical reign of Idi Amin for the next eight years. His numerous paranoid purges and ethnic cleaning led to the deaths of over half a million people.
Alongside utter horror and violence, Amin’s reign was pockmarked by bizarre incidents that ranged from announcing he’d single-handedly defeated the British Empire to a ban on the wearing of wigs and mini dresses. His warlord outfits were just the rotten cherry on the cake of a bizarre regime.
“His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular.”– The title Idi Amin bestowed upon himself after declaring he had defeated the British Embassy when they closed the Ugandan embassy as a result of his tyrannical rule.
The most iconic crazy outfit worn by Idi Amin was his custom-made military uniform. In dark green it is almost idential to a British Army officers uniform. The difference is that it’s covered in medals, ranks, and orders, most of which were awarded to Amin by himself.
Standing over six feet four inches, Amin’s outfits were an important contributor to his intimidating demeanor. The style of Amin’s warlord clothing was no doubt inspired by his previous service in the colonial British Army. Here, he was made highest rank for a black African in the colonial military at the time: Afande.
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From Colonel Gaddafi to Idi Amin, the crazy outfits and warlord clothing of some of the world’s most dangerous men are a fascinating sight to behold. But behind their extravagant exterior, a plethora of horrifying acts is often hidden.
Disclaimer – This article intends to shed light on one of the many underreported aspects of some of the world’s most dangerous men. In no way does it intend to glorify these figures or justify any of their actions. Our articles are purely informative.