Friday, July 31, 2009

Clothes maketh man?

I know I've taken a photograph here before and I also know it's nearly impossible not to take a good shot in St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre. The main entrance is quite different from the other centres and there's always a crowd around the outside, this time sheltering from the drizzle. Great for a flaneur! I was thinking that most people seem to be going clothes shopping in the city - at least for the moment. Clothes are something that interest me from the point of view of persona - because they somehow present the inner being of the person and not merely the "outside". Although clothing is open to the dictates of fashion at the level of the collective, aspects of the individual personality can always be observed. Perhaps the Chinese Li-ki is right. When dress is as it should be, the bodily carriage will be correct. Yet dress codes change over the years and informality is now the general rule. Boswell's Samuel Johnson said that fine clothes are good only as they supply the want of other means of procuring respect. So maybe it's a question of whether you're wearing the clothes or the clothes are wearing you.