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Does Clothing Make the Person?

“I begin to think that the only real sin is suicide or not being oneself.” - George Tyrrell It needn't be reiterated that clothing is far from the determining factor in the content of a person's character. Yet in all the well-intended clamoring to denounce the false promises of fast-fashion, which peddles updated renditions of fulfillment each season, we may have forgotten an important truth that human beings have always known: while clothing does not make the person, it may indeed be an important factor in our unmaking.   All art evokes thought and conveys a perspective, however intentional or unintentional on the part of the artist. No art is more intimate than that of dress, which acts as a mobile ambiance, a setting within...

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