Conquest by Consumption: Fashion as a Colonial Agent

Conquest by Consumption: Fashion as a Colonial Agent @Mark O’Connell 2015, no reproduction without permission “As a society becomes increasingly affluent, wants are increasingly created by the process by which they are satisfied…. Wants thus come to depend on output. In technical terms, it can no longer be assumed that welfare is greater at an all-round higher level of production than at a lower one. It may be the same. The higher level of production has, merely, a higher levelRead more

Gaultier and the Rajasthani Gypsies

Gaultier and the Rajasthani Gypsies, @Mark O’Connell 2015, no reproduction without permission “It’s about the Indian gypsies,” said Jean Paul Gaultier, “the real ones from Rajasthan.” (Bowles, 2013) As a way of explaining the inspiration for his Spring 2013 Haute Couture Show. And with that statement casued some red flags to be raised. With the ongoing debates around cultural mis-appropriation, the inclusion of cultural references that are not one’s own are potentially problematic. Fashion is about creative exploration and toRead more

Cryptic Costume Cartography- Proto Ethnography in Renaissance Europe

Cryptic Costume Cartography- Proto Ethnography in Renaissance Europe @Mark O’Connell Sept, 2015, no reproduction without permission Woodcut illustrating the discoveries of Amerigo Vespucci, 1505. http://www.scielo.br “There is no power relation without the correlative constitution of a field of knowledge, nor any knowledge that does not presuppose and constitute at the same time power relations” Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish The Birth of the Prison (1977: 27) (Abstract) The late 1500’s and early 1600’s saw the beginnings of an encyclopedic approach toRead more