THE ART AND FASHION OF POLITICS

It is said over and over that life and politics are extensions of art; and fashion, a form of culture.

When we explore history from an art and fashion perspective, we open a colourful and sometimes “black and white” picture, image or carving to tell us details about a group, class, tribe or nations.

It’s what makes fashion and art, well, pleasing!

Pleasing, just as beauty is unto the eye of the beholder.

Before women were permitted to vote, enter into business, practice law, or receive equal pay it was fashionable for men to dominate in these areas. Although, Proverbs (pro-actions) 31 speaks of the virtuous woman who wakes early to tend to her home and sell at the yard.

Proverbs 31:10-31

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Proverbs 31:10-31

This, was fashionable for a woman to be a Proverbs “chic.” In fact, it is this proverbs essence of a woman missing from female power and the feminist movement.

It was fashionable to be a woman in her woman graces, style and femininity.

When you explore ancient African studies it was fashionable to have generations of female rulers.

In Ethiopia’s ancient history, you’ll find female rulers including the title Kandake/Candace:

The name of the queen of the Ethiopians was not Candace. Candace (also written as Kandake or Kentake) was the term that Nubian people groups used for “queen” or “queen-mother”. According to John McClintock and James Strong, the female sovereigns of Ethiopia Proper all bore the appellation of “Candace,” which was not so much a proper name as a distinctive title, common to every successive queen, like “Pharaoh” and “Ptolemy” to the kings of Egypt, and “Caesar” to the emperors of Rome. Many believe that the queen mentioned in the Acts 8 account was a woman called Amanitore, but we don’t know for certain.

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The ancient pharoahs are known to be adorned in gold and precious stones such as lapus lazuli and the serpent, a symbol connection to their wisdom.

Face2FaceAfrica shares a lovely detailed story online visiting the history of wigs from ancient times. It is also a common practice employed today in the profession of law to wear a wig similar to what is below.

This September 11th, 2021 was Ethiopia’s New Year, called Enkukatash, meaning “gift of jewels”

Afrolegends shares the story of Queen of Sheba of ancient Ethiopia who was returning from her visit to King Solomon of Israel, and had gifted Solomon with 120 talents of gold.

We have all heard about the magnificent temple by Solomon built in an architectural fashion and style that has influenced today’s building designs. You can enjoy art, fashion and architecture in creative centers around the world.

The best part about art and fashion is that it allows us to express our individuality and collectiveness. In a world where we can all be so uniformed, it helps to have that unique touch to distinguish you for others.

When you see the importance of fashion and art; that life is really art, you’ll find new ways to do what you do and love it.

For example, did you know that when you organize your workspace, it is an extension of your style, fashion and art?

Try it out! See how much more you get noticed, just by doing adding a little more art and fashion to your place of work or business.

In the area of politics and fashion, besides what is mentioned above, lets explore army gear for one. From a soldier to street fashion who doesn’t love a military style jacket?

Or how about Tweed?

A very common trend amongst certain elite groups and Canada’s former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau made it very popular. Pierre Trudeau’s style in fashion and art of character made him a sought after person with the masses.

Pierre Cardin, was a well known designer for his tweed fashions, and of course who can leave out Chanel. Which woman doesn’t love a Chanel tweed purse or those Tweed skirt suits.

Driving a Willy Jeep, the original – classic. If not, you can get the 2021 Gladiator version.

1947 Willy Jeep Truck

There is a whole lot to explore and learn in the world of politics through art, fashion and architecture.

It explains plenty on how we speak, how we dress, how we walk, what matters most and who we are in this existence and most importantly – it shares a lot about our ancestors and customs.

How are you expressing yourself through art and fashion?

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