there were Sumptuary Laws
which forbade the wearing of fine clothes
above your class. In other words,
a mere merchant, no matter how rich,
could not wear an earl's apparel.
Nobody seems to have noticed that
the democratisation of rich, industrial countries
and the westernisation of economically-poorer ones
has led to the world-wide wearing
of (mostly) charmless Euro-American clothes,
especially hideous tee-shirts and loutish jeans,
which suit few of the world's sheeple,
least of all those who used to wear
gorgeous robes or simple gowns,
lovely headgear - or very little.
|Wofl picnicking at Ait Mansour, Morocco, 1993.|