From 1890 butterfly collars to 2021 toe caps
Richard Thompson Ford (Professor of Law and Art Critic at Stanford) around 1980, then a young man, was invited to the 21 Club restaurant for dinner. He was wearing a three-piece black velvet suit and a butterfly shirt at the collar. As he entered the bar, he was stopped by the restaurant employee. Where was the tie? After a long discussion, they gave him a collar decorated with horses, which he had to wear like that over his butterfly shirt all evening in the restaurant. Richard Thompson called Ford "the tie of shame."
From the 14th century until today the dress code has had different meanings. From powder wigs, makeup, socks and high heels that British psychologist John Carl Flugel calls "giving up masculinity". Three hundred years later masculinity produced the three-piece costume.
Women were not allowed to wear men's suits, which is why Joan of Arc was one of the victims of fashion, who was convicted of heresy for wearing men's suits. In the 15th century Catholic women were not allowed to wear earrings because they were called symbols of sin. Those Jews, on the other hand, were part of their daily dress.
The dress code throughout the Renaissance focused on plush, velvet, and silk pieces that only the rich could afford.
Kush i mban mend pantallonat si parashutë najloni, bikini mbi streçe të zeza, veshjet “punk” që nuk ishin gjë tjetër veçse disa copa të grisura e të bashkuara me paramanda? Flokët me valë e me shkallëzim, grimi me qerpikë të bërë me laps rreth 1990-tës e xhinset e gjera që ekspozonin të mbathurat. Ishin trend, edhe pse sot nëse i provon prapë dukesh qesharak.
Në 2009-tën revista Esquire bëri konkursin e mashkullit të veshur më mirë. Pjesmarrësit duhet të kishin veshur kostum me tre pjesë, kravatë ose papjon. Fituesi do zgjidhej ai që kishte kostumin e qepur më mirë, sidomos kombinimi fitonte pikë, por duhet të thoje pse kishe veshur atë që kishe veshur. Pse? Sepse ashtu ishte kodi i veshjes. Ja pse kushdo që u përgjigj kështu, nuk fitoi.
Today the dress code has passed to sports tracksuits and toe slippers. Even though you appear in bizhama at meetings in Zoom, it does not impress them much from the other side of the camera.
"21 Club", already closed, abolished the rule for the tie in 2009. And the "tie of shame" showed that you had dinner at a prestigious restaurant, and did not like to wear a tie. Richard Thompson Ford left it on the table.
Under the magnifying glass of Stela Sallaku / tiranapost.al