An excerpt from a great article that appeared on the NY Times website today. A big thank you to Janice for sharing it with me! Hope you enjoy the read. -Amy
When Clothes No Longer Make the ManBy LEE SIEGEL
After all, we live amid a ceaseless torrent not just of new images, but of ones that have been computer-generated, mashed up and photoshopped. Appearances are no longer merely deceiving. They are increasingly worthless.
Our fashion situation reflects our social and economic situation. Clothes have become more like costumes, intended more to hide than reveal who we are, or who we would like to be. An eclectic, basic, affordable style allows the super-rich to conceal their soaring exclusivity and to mimic humble circumstances, while it permits the rapidly contracting classes below them to camouflage their precarious status. The result is a place somewhere in between: a middle-class style without an actual middle class.
Call it the age of inconspicuous consumption, where the dominant style is either a preening or a self-protective understatement.
Lee Siegel is the author of, among other books, two volumes of criticism, “Falling Upwards: Essays in Defense of the Imagination,” and “Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television.”
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