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The Radical Chic

Posted by Suz King on November 7, 2009 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Radical Chic

“Poor people live to dress up; richpeople can afford to dress down”



As far back the 20th century (the post war period)young women began to wear the “second-hand dress” and transformed the conceptinto a fashionable trend. In the 60’s and 70’s period where there was worldwidepolitical protests and human rights revelations the bohemian women and youngadults of affluent families were trying to make a statement with their clothes.


The linkbetween a so called hippy and the counterculture did mean that retro chic or what’salso known as vintage became an alternative image who couldn’t afford expensiveclothes or the rich young adults who didn’t want the expensive clothes. Theretro look enabled the young people to partake on equivalent terms in thefashion system with their colourful motley vogue.

In the current 2009 recession where jobs are being lost andmoney is disappearing, the bohemian trend is returning not only for its fashionuniqueness but for its political statement in times of hardship where poorpeople are getting poorer (or staying poor at least) and rich people aregetting richer (or not getting poor).The human rights concept comes into playwhere bohemian radical chic’s must march for their future children, for rightsto better education and equality. For the human priority on poor people whowill always be underprivileged if society leaves them in the pitiable pit ofpoverty.

Strange politics do turn up on the runways, usually in theshape of some unusual or occasionally toxic symbolic gesture: a woman with herarms bound or else wearing a cloth Abu Ghraib hood or a Hannibal Lecter maskmade from plaited hair. These images seem to arise from the designer’s view ofhow they see the world as it is today. These may be seen as statement pieces,items of clothing that don’t literally speak but scream a political poetry atthe audiences.



Fashion icons such as Vivienne Westwood can influence usradical chics out there greatly and her work can give society the confidence tosearch precedent customs and look for an alternative modern impressionablecreative plan for tomorrow.


Her work, her research, her inspirations, herspeeches, her determination in fashion is all intertwined with music, societyand the political situation. On Easter Sunday 2008, she campaigned in person at thelargest Campaign forNuclear Disarmament protest in10 years, at the AtomicWeapons Establishment, Aldermaston in Berkshire, UK. Then also in September 2005, Westwoodengaged with the British civil rights group Liberty and launched limited collection of T-shirtsand baby wear bearing the slogan “I AMNOT A TERRORIST, please don't arrest me”. Westwood stated was supportingthe campaign and defending habeas corpus. "When I was a schoolgirl, my historyteacher, Mr. Scott, began to take classes in civic affairs. The first thing heexplained to us was the fundamental rule of law embodied in habeas corpus.The hatred of arbitrary arrest by the lettres de cachet of the Frenchmonarchy caused the storming of the Bastille. We can only take democracy forgranted if we insist on our liberty," she said. The sale of the £50 T-shirtsraised funds for the organisation.

All in all the radical chic is not only afashion item of clothing but a statement to society. The radical chic isopinionated about the world’s wrong doings, and the future of younggenerations. The fashion radical chic is creative in her image, mixing the newwith the old with alternative hair styles. The radical chicis an affordable look offering a chance to scurry in second hand shops, or totake part in clothes swapping with friends and dig out a sewing machine tocreative a unique look that is your own. In times of a recession such as theone we are in now, where budgets on fashion spending may be lower for most ofus; the radical chic image is most suiting to the corrupt times we live inwhere voices need to be loud, messages need to be clear and fashion should befor everyone rich or poor.



One Boy, One Girl

Posted by Suz King on November 7, 2009 at 12:32 PM Comments comments (0)

Well I’m just a poor girl,

I’m in some poor company,

I left for home a long time,

To save for my family.


And I came down to this city of angels to see what I wouldfind,

But oh boy i wish i knew my head had not my heart so blind.

It once knew where love was easy to find,

Usually after the merry dwelling of beers and good wine.

And then I fell to a rocky winding road,

And could not seem to shift the load.

Oh pray for me sister I am just little girl,

Trapped in an adults face of lonely little curls,

I try and I try to do the best I can,

But everyone wants to bring us down coz they don’tunderstand.


We might be young and too young to know

 That love is damnhard work,

There the parts the films never show,

That love can bring some hurt,

But now we’re old and wrinkly, and we’re seen as more thewise,

But I am with the same young boy and love him twice thesize. (And love him twice the size)


So throw me your lucky pennies, I might just need them yet,

To cash in on my winnings of our pair surviving bet,

So throw me your diamonds and give them to the poor,

For I am rich a plenty of this boy I do adore.

Oh pray for me sister I am just little girl,

Trapped in an adults face of lonely little curls,

I try and I try to do the best I can,

But everyone wants to bring us down,

For I guess they don’t understand,

That it’s more than here and now.


We might be young and too young to know

 That love is damnhard work,

There the part the films never show,

That love can bring some hurt,

But now we’re old and wrinkly, and we’re seen as more thewise,

Where I am a girl with the same young boy but just  love him twice the size. (And love him twicethe size)


Beethoven Love Letter

Posted by Suz King on November 7, 2009 at 11:54 AM Comments comments (0)


After Beethoven's death in March 1827 two documents were discovered in his desk. These were the Heiligenstadt Testamentand the love letters shown above. The passionate feelings manifested inthese letters where addressed to a person unknown. Many have speculatedover whom might be the recipient, made more difficult by the fact thatthere is no year or place given on the letters. But Solomon, followingBeethoven's date on the letters, his movement during the period (1812)and studying the persons close to Beethoven, has come to the solutionthat Antoine Brentano must be the answer, now generally accepted asbeing correct.

The First Letter   July 6, in the morning

My angel, my all, my very self - Only a few words today and at thatwith pencil (with yours) -

Not till tomorrow will my lodgings bedefinitely determined upon -

what a useless waste of time -

Why thisdeep sorrow when necessity speaks -

can our love endure except throughsacrifices, through not demanding everything from one another; can youchange the fact that you are not wholly mine, I not wholly thine -

OhGod, look out into the beauties of nature and comfort your heart withthat which must be - Love demands everything and that very justly -

thus it is to me with you, and to your with me.

But you forget soeasily that I must live for me and for you; if we were whollyunited you would feel the pain of it as little as I -

My journey was afearful one; I did not reach here until 4 o'clock yesterday morning.

Lacking horses the post-coach chose another route, but what an awfulone; at the stage before the last I was warned not to travel at night;Iwas made fearful of a forest, but that only made me the more eager -and I was wrong.

The coach must needs break down on the wretched road,a bottomlessmud road. Without such postilions as I had with me I should haveremained stuck in the road.

Esterhazy, traveling the usual road here,had the samefate with eight horses that I had with four - Yet I got some pleasureout of it, as I always do when I successfully overcome difficulties -Nowa quick change to things internal from things external.

We shall surelysee each other soon; moreover, today I cannot share with you thethoughtsI have had during these last few days touching my own life -

If ourhearts were always close together, I would have none of these. My heartis fullof so many things to say to you

- ah - there are moments when I feelthat speech amounts to nothing at all -

Cheer up - remain my true, myonlytreasure, my all as I am yours.

The gods must send us the rest, whatfor us must and shall be -

Your faithful LUDWIG.


The Second Letter   Evening, Monday, July 6

You are suffering, my dearest creature -

only now have I learned thatletters must be posted very early in the morning on Mondays toThursdays -

theonly days on which the mail-coach goes from here to K. -

You aresuffering -

Ah, wherever I am, there you are also -

I will arrange itwith youand me that I can live with you.

What a life!!! thus!!! without you -

pursued by the goodness of mankind hither and thither -

which I aslittle want todeserve as I deserve it -

Humility of man towards man -

it pains me -and when I consider myself in relation to the universe, what am I andwhat is He - whom we call the greatest -

and yet - herein lies thedivine in man -

I weep when I reflect that you will probably notreceive thefirst report from me until Saturday - Much as you love me -

I love you more -

But do not ever conceal yourself from me -

good night -

As Iam taking the baths I must go to bed -

Oh God -

so near! so far!

Is notour love truly a heavenly structure, and also as firm as the vault ofheaven?

The Third Letter   Good morning, on July 7

Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved,now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fatewill hear us -

I can live only wholly with you or not at all -

Yes, Iam resolved to wander so long away from you until I can fly to yourarmsand say that I am really at home with you, and can send my soulenwrapped in you into the land of spirits -

Yes, unhappily it must beso -

You willbe the more contained since you know my fidelity to you. No one elsecan ever possess my heart -

never -

never -

Oh God, why must one bepartedfrom one whom one so loves. And yet my life in V is now a wretched life-

Your love makes me at once the happiest and the unhappiest of men -

At my age I need a steady, quiet life -

can that be so in our connection?My angel, I have just been told that the mailcoach goes every day -

thereforeI must close at once so that you may receive the letter at once -

Becalm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve ourpurposeto live together -

Be calm-

love me -

today -

yesterday -

what tearfullongings for you - you - you - my life - my all - farewell.

Oh continueto love me -

never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.

ever thine

ever mine

ever ours




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