M.G. Lord Quote

In Taste: The Secret Meaning of Things, Stephen Bayley tells us that nothing is as crass and vulgar as instant classification according to hairstyle, clothing and footwear, yet it is . . . a cruelly accurate analytical form. Because Barbie is a construct of class—as well as a construct of gender— this crass, vulgar, and accurate investigation cannot be avoided. When it comes to the meaning of things, there are no more powerful transmitters than clothes, those quasi-functional devices which, like an inverted fig, put the heart of the matter in front of the skin, Bayley writes. Yet powerful though the transmissions may be, many Americans deliberately ignore them.

M.G. Lord

In Taste: The Secret Meaning of Things, Stephen Bayley tells us that nothing is as crass and vulgar as instant classification according to hairstyle, clothing and footwear, yet it is . . . a cruelly accurate analytical form. Because Barbie is a construct of class—as well as a construct of gender— this crass, vulgar, and accurate investigation cannot be avoided. When it comes to the meaning of things, there are no more powerful transmitters than clothes, those quasi-functional devices which, like an inverted fig, put the heart of the matter in front of the skin, Bayley writes. Yet powerful though the transmissions may be, many Americans deliberately ignore them.

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