New Link Category

Hey folks I have added a new link category…”Fashion & Culture” I’ve been having a lot of discussions lately regarding fashion and started thinking about how fashion really can be art. I followed a comment to “The Multiverse’s Blog” (which you can find a link to if you scroll down just a bit further) and decided that I would try to include this aspect of art into some of my discussions here. So I hope you all will humor me as I attempt to explore an area that I have very little knowledge in and hope that fellow fashion bloggers will help me out with it as well.

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3 thoughts on “New Link Category

  1. Fashion and Art. In the olden days colors and symbols were used to distinguish armies at war. Mongolia, China and Japan have a long history of this. As time progressed coats of arms in those countries England and Europe, which were in early times simple and used for the same “at war” purpose politically, became more ornate and, thus, “fashion statements” for the landed gentry. A “patch” on one’s clothes showed allegiance to the lord, baron, count, or duke who owned/ruled the geographic area. If you did not like the ruler, then don’t wear the patch. If you were proud to be a subject of the lord, then the patch was a fashion statement of fealty. In the early law courts, ties, or ascot type swathes of material, were worn by barristers to show geographic origin and fealty to a lord. This, again, was a sort of “war” symbol in the court battle. If your lord was well respected, his “color” would give you advantage with the judges. So a tie was again a symbol of allegiance and power. At first just a solid color was used. Later the ties gained stripes or icons. As time progressed more work was put into making the ties more beautiful. The greatest honor for a barrister, even to this day, is to receive a custom tie from his lord. Wigs were worn by judges and lords only. Again, a statement of status and power. Thus were the beginnings of the “fashion statement” in culture. Power, status, allegiance, respect, etc.

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