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pointed, but I nonetheless wrote
back on a big piece of white paper
with my sloppy handwriting and
disasterous spelling. My penpal
never wrote back.
Some years later I found her
letter and, after reviewing it, agreed
with my earlier judgment. This
time, though, I realized that it
wasn't what she had written; it was
how she had written. The presen-
tation was completely offensive to
me. I hate light pink, I hated Holly
Hobby and I hated her handwriting
and perfect spelling. Then, sud-
denly, a feeling of guilt came over
me. Here I was, making a judgment
of this poor girl just because I
didn't like her choice of stationery.
I mean, weren't we always taught
not to judge a book by its cover?
I'm sorry mom, dad and former
teachers, this is bullshit.
How can you not judge a book
by it's cover? This girl had never
met me and was trying to make a
first impression. I have nothing
against her as a human being but I
do have a lot against pink sta-
tionery and Holly Hobby.
Now, what the hell does this
have to do with fashion? Put very
simply, I don't like flourescent
sweatshirts or black, leather "mo-
torcycle" jackets. When people wear
these items they are communicating
something to me and everyone else
who sees them. They are making a
"fashion statement."
Our theme this season is
"Communication." Consciously or
not, we make first judgements of
people from their appearences. One
of our best forms of communi-
cation is what we wear. With a
simple tie of the shoelace or a bow
in the hair, we are saying
something. We are telling people
how we feel, what kind of day
we've had, how we did on our
midterms. Our wardrobes are our
mouthpieces. They are our letters,
our phone calls, our modems.
Fashion can be a useful tool.
For example: you've just been up
for 48 hours straight writing a
paper for a class, you type it on the
Mac and then suddenly the com-
puter malfunctions and you lose
everything. It's the next morning
and if anybody even touches you,
you are bound to kill them. Of
course you can broadcast your
emotions on the Diag, but clothing
is a much better substitute.
Through your garb, you can emit
your feelings and frustrations in a
much subtler mode.
Trends are the pre-recorded
messages of the fashion world; they
are dangerous masks that are worn
many times too often. Remember:
our fashion predictions in this issue
are not lines of a play. They're
merely ideas for improvisation. E
Flicker is the Daily's Arts Editor.





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