Xeni Jardin at 9:51 am Mon, Mar 28, 2011
ADVERTISE AT BOING BOING!
Ahh… a perfect opportunity to use my favourite word: “vapid”
Crass, tasteless, insensitive, possibly even purposefully provocative and insulting, all in the name of utterly impractical, expensive, bizarre-therefor-”artistic”, status-symbolic clothing?
Yep, that sounds like high fashion all right.
What I want to know is what, exactly, is this meant to evoke? If the colors were changed from silver and blue to black and red, you’d have a pretty decent reproduction of a corpse from Hiroshima or Nagasaki.
Aside from that, I can’t understand the connection to anything else nuclear. There’s nothing about it that connects it to typical symbols of nuclear materials or power. No bright plastic colors, no protective materials, no warning symbols, nothing evocative of nuclear plants, nuclear workers, nuclear weapons, nuclear culture, et cetera.
Personally? I think the best fashion statement to make about nuclear energy would be to have no clothes or models at all. After all, actual radiation cannot be seen, has no perfumed scent, is not heralded by trashy electronic music, and is best left to intelligent people who know what the heck they are doing.
I don’t think they’re doing it right.
Here’s some images they can use to get the real Nuclear Age “look” down pat.
To me, this is the face of nuclear power:
I’m waiting for the STALKER game expansion pack that’s set in Japan.
If you’re not familiar with STALKER, it’s an open ended sandbox game set in a post-Chernobyl wasteland around Pripyat, but with a strong dose of sci-fi thrown in — mutants, brain control experiments, factions, radiation anomalies, etc. Think “MMO with quests set in nuclear wasteland and with an endgame.”
STALKER is an interesting fictional telling of Chernobyl in an alternate reality, and I can’t help but wonder if we won’t (or shouldn’t) see these kinds of stories told in the future about Fukushima.
Money well spent.
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