Authenticity, Nostalgia and the Uniform of Labour!
So what is this really all about. I think there is a meta narrative driving this quest for the past and all this authenticity. I believe that people long for the simple times when the labour market, food, the environment were well defined entities. There is a sense of complete detachedness and schizophrenia lingering in the air today. At the pace of knowledge and technology and the progression through which we exist and co mingle, a persons life and job can become obsolete within a few years of learning a new skill. Software and technology upgrades, cheaper labour markets, and outdated modalities make more and more of us irrelevant, downsized, and obsolete.
A horsehide jacket, a pair of raw denim jeans made by a guy on a sewing machine in his own studio, or shoes hand cut and hand sew with waxed linen thread seem to act like anchors to the past...when you knew the historical zeitgeist of right and wrong, morality and sexuality seemed well defined, labour markets were growing and jobs were available, governments looked out for their citizens and food didn't kill you. I think perhaps their is a generation out there that lives nostalgically for grandpa's day in a seemingly fluid and diminishing present. That being said, our present is starting to emulate and ooze an eerie simulacrum to the labour and economic conditions of the 1920s perhaps the fashion is an accurate reflection of the times. The photos are from the Time-Life Google image project. (except the colour one: from the Inspiration Show, Rin Tanaka...new age old school cobbler/belt makers doing it oldtimer style)