From: Kate Distin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun 27 Mar 2005 - 13:57:42 GMT
Kenneth Van Oost wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Kate Distin <email@example.com>
> You wrote,
>>I think I still *tend* towards seeing them as behavioural, but I'm
>>certainly open to persuasion. I'm actually a bit of a cultural freak
>>when it comes to fashion, as I was brought up in a home where it was
>>just not important. More than that, in fact: not even noticed. Partly
>>this was due to financial constraints, but more significantly the result
>>of parental values. Consequently I just don't get it. My friends buy
>>new clothes and I think things like, "but your old ones aren't worn out
>>yet." So you can see that I'm just not qualified to respond to your
>>suggestion! But I'm still pondering it . . .
> Well here is something to think about,
> Hidden messages behind chique dressbrands,
> It is all about Extreme- Right winged kids, but I think you will understand.
> The wreath of laurels of the emblem of Fred Perry is for skinheads the
> symbol of victory. Especially sweathers, T- shirts and polo's are extremely
> Alpha Industries is a fashion line that designs for the soldiers of the US-
> Neonazi 's do find that the logo of the company resembles that of the SA
> ( Sturm Abteilung, Hitlers strong boys.)
> Consdaple is designed by neonazi's. The group of lettres in the middle
> to NSDAP. The word is diverted from the ' constable ', what you all know
> means ' guardian ' or ' keeper '.
> Even numbers can be seen as holding hidden messages,
> 192 stands for ' Hitler is back '
> 88 stands for 'Heil Hitler '
> 14 stands for ' We must secure the existence of our people and future of our
> people and a future for white children ' ( David Lane )
> 28 stands for ' Blood and Honour '.
> Dresscodes with hidden messages are,
> White boot- laces stand for ' white power '
> White Nike- cap, stands for ' white power ',
> The combination of a black bomberjack, red braces and white boot- laces
> stands for the colours of the Nazi flags.
> ( Let me remind you, I am NOT all for this kind of nonsense, it is just an
> indication of what can be ' said ' without saying anything. )
> But now something more pleasantly,
> Wearing little bracelets can mean something too,
> Lance Armstrong wears yellow fillits around his wrist, meaning that he is
> supporting the good cause ( LAF, Lance Armstrong Foundation, cancer).
> Thierry Henry, ( football) wears black- white fillets to show he is against
> any form of racism.
> Blue fillets stand for actions against nagging at school.
> Orange fillets stand for respect towards any other, in spite of one's
> skincolour etc.
> Pink stands for support, in the US, of women with brest cancer.
> White fillets are especially used by US youngsters to show that they don 't
> believe in sex before marriage.
> Hope you get something out of this,
All of these look like examples in which systems of representation have
been set up - and like any such system, you have to understand the
system before any one of the individual representations makes sense to
you. If I see someone wearing a ribbon then I know it stands for
something even if I'm not familiar with what that particular colour
means. But if I saw someone wearing white boot-laces then it wouldn't
(before hearing from you) cross my mind that this meant anything. To me it doesn't. Quite possibly it doesn't to that particular wearer either
- but now I learn from you that it might.
Do you think that this sort of thing is also true of fashion more
generally - not just fashion that has been co-opted into a particular
representational system like the examples you give? So that when people
wear clothes (almost any clothes) they have chosen those particular ones
to give out a particular message to people who see them? (Except that
people like me don't get it because we don't understand the broader
"fashion" representational system.)
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