Quotation by Angela Carter

Iconic clothing has been secularized.... A guardsman in a dress uniform is ostensibly an icon of aggression; his coat is red as the blood he hopes to shed. Seen on a coat-hanger, with no man inside it, the uniform loses all its blustering significance and, to the innocent eye seduced by decorative colour and tactile braid, it is as abstract in symbolic information as a parasol to an Eskimo. It becomes simply magnificent.
Angela Carter (1940–1992), British author. repr. In Arts in Society, ed. Paul Barker (1977). "Notes for a Theory of Sixties Style," New Society (London, 1967).
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