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Clothing is very specific to humans, and indissociable from our identity. Humans require clothes to adapt to its environment and every culture and region have over the ages developed customs and practices according to their climate, culture and technical requirements. As a basic equipment to human activity, every region and culture have developed very distinctive clothing for practical reasons first, and later including a range of social and cultural codes relating to occupation, gender, religious and social status.

Today we still depend on clothing of course, but the modern use of clothes is more a result of individual choice and decoration than before when entire regions and social groups practiced common codes pertaining to appearance. Modern societies are guided by the fashion of the day, which is no longer localized nor specific to any of the criteria that once defined traditional clothing.

The fact humans are mostly covered in clothes means that we still communicate our identity predominantly by what we wear. Clothes have in such regard lost nothing of its importance, but has become a type of visual communication that is largely guided by individual choice that is heavily influenced and propagated by the press and media. Although the communicational effect is still as powerful now as before, the signification of clothing is now dictated by the trends of the day more than anything else, and these trends are governed by the ever influential fashion houses and designers.

As any global industry, fashion is closely linked to big industrial groups with a select ownership that often can literally dictate the clothing codes of the day. In some ways, fashion and clothes can be considered a type of media with a considerable power of communication that can be harnessed in favour of both social and individual purposes. As we mostly ignore fashion as a medium, it further has a definite subliminal effect in that its presence is constant and the language occult*.

The power of clothes has by no means been ignored by the Elite of course and it has since long constituted a powerful ally in their quest to influence the public according to their own prerequisites of social status and prestige. Following fashion trends back in time, a good case can also be made for how gender-specificities can be enhanced and dissimulated by clever use of clothes, accessories and trends. Examples of such suspected hidden use of fashion for purposes of gender inversion can be seen in the male suit (with shoulder-pads) and tie and female makeup, corsets and neck-chokers (egi-forum post on such use here).

Unisex clothing has of course been around since a while by now (1960s) and it can be understood as a discrete intervention to guide the population away from the gender-typical clothing of the past and impose new customs in the population. Jeans and t-shirts are of course not really overly potent to influence gender-fluidity, but it still might have been an important step towards lesser gender distinctions than traditionally . In popular culture of course, the entertainment industry has been heavily used to popularize eccentric clothing and the various stars are typically surrounded by their favourite stylists and advisors. Cross-dressing has long been common amongst musicians and it must be suspected that this has been carefully planned and orchestrated.

The public adoption of eccentric clothing seems to have already taken place, but the current gender-dysphoric transgender push seems to require some additional artefacts. As a very literal application of such ambitions, the recent ‘Sexy Chest One Piece Swimsuit‘ really hits home it would appear, as women are encouraged to slide inside a tight bathing suit that literally represent a nude hairy man and thus appear fashionable in what must be considered a literal translation of transgenderism – a woman inside a man – or vice versa.

•Beloved Shirt ‘Sexy Chest’ one piece swimsuit
“makes you look naked and hence, sexy, but the sexy is not women kind of sexy; it is men’s kind of sexy, or so we heard, and as such, this swimsuit comes decorated with the manliest features, i.e. exposed nipples and bodily hair”

*occult in regards to clothes means the implicit language and signification of fashion is hidden by the publics lack of education and understanding of the importance of colour, shape and fabric in both its literal and allegorical use

EGI forum post here