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Again and again I have been trying since 1949 to break out, as an artist and a man, from the uniform which is forced on us by reshaping my Second Skin individually, i. e., with what has later come to be called “creative clothing”. I sewed trousers and shirts for myself, designed sweaters, made shoes and sandals.
I love stripes, and as cloth always throws folds – waves – the visual impression is never that of a stiff straight line, especially if the garment has not been ironed.
It is such a wonderful thing, the hat, for a man. It heightens his stature. It gives him importance. The taller he is, the better.
Just how much our fashion, our clothing is wrong and insipid and only geared to superficiality is easily proven by turning this very clothing around, i. e., inside out. Just take trousers, shirt, jacket, topcoat, regardless if they are for men or women, take them off, turn them all inside out, put them back on, with the inside on the outside. And then, dressed like this, go out on the street amongst the people. You will be ashamed, for the inside of our clothing is horrible.
From 1949 on I designed my own clothes. Shoes and socks, too. For example I was the one who wore two different socks, for twenty years, at that, first without realising it, then intentionally.
From: ON THE SECOND SKIN (excerpt), 1983
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