Clothes by Franz Kafka

Clothes by Franz Kafka

For me, loving fashion does not imply ignoring my responsibility to be critical of it, both in terms of the role it plays in my own life and with respect to its position and function in our society. Quite the contrary, I've grown to love fashion more, and respect it more, by examining it up close- the beautiful parts and the ones that feel uncomfortable. The short story Clothes by Franz Kafka provides interesting insight from the author into the ephemeral, even superficial, nature of clothing. It left me thinking: when we're faced with the criticism that fashion fades, that clothes inevitably become unwearable over time, how can we defend the continued interest we harbor and effort we invest in our clothes and our appearance?

I'll leave the question open for now and I'll follow up with my thoughts in tomorrow's post. Eager to hear what you think. 

Source: Kafka, Franz. The Complete Stories. Schocken, 2012. Accessed via Vanderbilt University. 

Artwork: Georges Barbier

A Response to Kafka's Clothes

A Response to Kafka's Clothes

Object of Desire: Black and White Bias Cut Dress

Object of Desire: Black and White Bias Cut Dress