Iconic clothing has been secularized. A guardsman in a dress uniform is ostensibly an icon of aggression; his coat is red as the blood he hopes to shed. Seen on a coat-hanger, with no man inside it, the uniform loses all its blustering significance and, to the innocent eye seduced by decorative color and tactile braid, it is as abstract in symbolic information as a parasol to an Eskimo. It becomes simply magnificent.
Author: Angela Carter (1940-1992)
Profession: British Author
We know, Mr. Weller -- we, who are men of the world -- that a good uniform must work its way with the women, sooner or later.
Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Profession: British Novelist
This death's livery which walled its bearers from ordinary life was sign that they have sold their wills and bodies to the State: and contracted themselves into a service not the less abject for that its beginning was voluntary.
Author: Thomas E. Lawrence (1888-1935)
Profession: British Soldier, Arabist, Writer
The connection between dress and war is not far to seek; your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.
Author: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
Profession: British Novelist, Essayist