Which isn’t actually a personal vendetta, but more that I count Henry Ford as the person who catalyzed the societal structure of compartmentalization we have today because of unintended consequences of his invention: the assembly line. I generally frown at his name because I frown at what he represents in my mind, which is the archetype for compartmentalization. I hate compartmentalization (in society…here meaning in the division of labor) because it thrives on ignorance, and I hate ignorance. It thrives on people being valuable based on an inconsequential function they can perform rather than the mind God created them to have.
That being said, the background information about my paradigm regarding form vs. function, what is more important in fashion? Form or function?
Today i bought a pair of suspenders. I didn’t actually want them to suspend anything, but i thought they would go cute with this new pair of tapered chambray trousers. And then i put them on together, and lo and behold, THE SUSPENDERS HOLD THE pANTS UP PERFECTLY! I don’t know what i expected, but a belt did not nearly do the job of the suspenders. Aside from suspenders being my new favorite accessory, they actually work.
And then i thought thus: suspenders weren’t originally created to look a certain way, they were invented out of a necessity for pants to be held up! But now they are a fashion statement.
It makes me think that fashion has recently taken a turn (i’m not sure how recently, perhaps in the last 10-100 years) from being molded by function to being molded by form. But is that true? because in the time of Jane Austen (i recently watched pride & prejudice…) the more fabric you had on at any given time, the more rich you were, because you could afford the fabric. Function or form? And in regards to one of my recent posts about how people dress tend to dress in “looks” previously held by certain groups of people who were centered on an ideal, i.e. the hippies, even though any one individual may or may not disagree with the ideals of the original group. It probably wasn’t very “practical” to go without a bra (well, that can be argued..) but it was a statement. Function was forsook for form. like my alliteration?