late 20th century woven, embroidered, and hand-sewn jacket from Thailand
Clothes have, they say, more important offices than merely to keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us. There is much evidence to support the view that it is the clothes that wear us and not we them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking. Clothes are but a symbol of something hid deep beneath.
— Virginia Woolf, Orlando