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“Queer, in the usage we know today, took on a new life during the Revolutionary period (1789-94). It is instructive to see how the historical evolution of the relationship between wastefulness and artificiality and queer style.

During the Revolution, suspicion shifted from the private body to that of the political body. Any fashion and dress that smack of the old extravagant ways, any suggestion of frippery was dealt a cold hand. William Hogarth did an engraving, which is now quite well-known, of the five orders of wigs, from ‘Episcopal or Parsonic’ to ‘Queerinthian’— the latter in this case less macaroni-like as it did not feature a ridiculous amount of hair dangling from a  bow. Wearing big hair was not just denigrated because of its obvious ostentation; it was also something that demanded a large amount of time to make. When big hair reached its zenith in the late eighteenth century, it constituted what Margaret Powell and Joseph Roach call ‘the performance of waste’; time that, to the sternest Revolutionary middle-class mind, could be spent more sensibly. Any form of overwrought fastidiousness of appearance smacked of the same: it was an uneconomical use of time that could serve better ends. Even Robespierre, known for his immaculate clothing and insistence on maintaining a wit, came in for criticism.

In sum, all aristocrats were ‘pansies’: aristocratic values and fashions were all relegated to the status of effeminacy, a male effeminacy that linked to fecklessness, insincerity and improvidence.”

–Vicki Karaminas, Queer Style (pg. 55). Emphasis added.

[top-left image: the Queerinthian wig from William Hogarth's Five Orders of Periwigs;; top-right image: a 19th century steel engraving of Robespierre]

“L'étouffement des désirs par la satisfaction des besoins, telle est la police parcimonieuse, l'économie sordide, découlant des facilités dont nous accablent les machines, qui viendra à bout de nos races. L'homme n'a de génie qu'à vingt ans et s'il a faim. Mais l'abondance de l'épicerie tue les passions. Bourrée de conserves, il se fait dans la bouche de l'homme une mauvaise chimie qui corrompt les vocables. Plus de religions, plus d'arts, plus de langages. Assommé, l'homme n'exprime plus rien.”

Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, Le Jeune Européen

Style Icon of the Week – Golshifteh Farahani

Golshifteh Farahani is an Iranian actress who works internationally. She is currently living in Paris, France as a result of having been exiled from Iran after posing nude in the French Madame Figaro.

What did I cosplay in 2013?

A lawyer

The Goblin King

A Disney thief

A French pirate captain dandy

A vampire from a novel

Whole lot of Supernatural

Couple of Winchesters

Couple of Broken Angels

A ghost from the past

Death

Couple of Reapers

War

Some of folk from Night Vale and Desert Bluffs

A radio host from a desert community

Richest man from said desert community

Many faces of a monster radio host from a rival town