Tuesday, November 26, 2013

On the Language of Fashion

1950's "the old and the new" fashions reflected the decade's push for adaption to the modern world.  
       "It is often said almost with passive resignation that fashions reflect the customs of a people. But it would be more exact and much more useful to say that they express the decision and moral direction that a nation intends to take: either to be shipwrecked in licentiousness or maintain itself at the level to which it has been raised by religion and civilization."

      "Actions speak louder than words," is no less true when it comes to clothing.  Fashion has come a long way.  I came across a group of young Catholic college men this summer who were defending bikinis.  I learned that just because some fashion is tolerated and accepted somehow makes it right in our modern day word- a huge problem!  There are many people have no idea about the importance of being counter-revolutionary in a world that is increasingly "pushing the envelope" when it comes to fashion.

     Fashion speaks a language that is very easily, sometimes subconsciously understood.  Cutout necklines (like the one above right) suggest provocatively that a seemingly innocent dress might not be so innocent after all.  Subtle hints like cutout necklines and slightly short hemlines or not so subtle ones like writing across the bum and bikinis, are used to psychologically induce the wearer and the culture to lower their standards.  It works.  The virtue of purity and Sacrament of Marriage lie in ruins, dragging down many souls along the way.

       This type of reasoning is elementary.  When we get up in the morning we have to get dressed to be successful at whatever we are doing that day.  A businessman puts on his tie, a housewife puts on her apron, a prostitute puts on her bikini.  Likewise, there is no way that our economy, society, or morality are getting any better without getting up and getting dressed for it.

       The language of clothing is powerful.  Sexual identity (and thus the very basis of human existence) is right now being destroyed through its influence.  It is no longer acceptable in out world to identify something just by natural law.  Everything is relative to even perverted desires and everyone's right is to determine something however they think it should be, not how it is.

      Fashion is no longer simply a matter of course.

      The language of fashion is a weapon.  Are you going to use it for good or for evil?

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