Mythical Fashion

The Mythical world view, or Traditional as it is sometimes called, came about as the tribal world view was outgrown. Tribes banded together to form nations and the Nation needed a dress code. As the shift from Magical to Tribal prompted a different organisational structure to support the larger groups, the growth from tribe to nation brought about huge change. No longer was a person only associated with there immediate or extended family, but to a country bound by land and language.

Like tribalism, nationalism needs an identifying form of dress suited to climate, function and perhaps most important, to signify  position in society. The mythical world view is big into order. With God at that top and a rigid structure below there is no room for individuality.

Julius Ceaser crafted the myth of his leadershipusing the colour purple, a rare and expensive colour in the ancient world. Tyrian purple is itself a mythical colour, discovered as it was by the dog of Hercules who, feasting on the snail which produces the dye, returned to Hercules with a purple stained mouth. The colour itself was reserved for the wealthy elites in republican Rome but by the time of Ceasar and Imperial Rome it was reserved only for the emperor. Wearing even shades of purple made from cheaper materials would result in punishment.

Mythical fashion is used to reinforce the structures of a society. When everyone knows there place things run smoother.

Tying a knot in the belt of a Dirndle, the traditional dress of a German woman, signified her being married, hence ‘Tying the knot’.

Today the idea of National Dress is somewhat quaint and its mostly reserved for special events and period dramas but 500 years ago if you lived in a certain country you took on the dress and ways of the country. No diversity and no choice.

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