Re: from the news (fwd)
Wed, 24 Apr 1996 11:22:12 -0400

>From today's San Francisco Chronicle:
"British designer Alexander McQueen showed sweaters emblazoned with
photographic images of the Vietnam War at recent Fashion Week festivities
in Manhattan. 'It gives a hard edge to the cashmere,' the designer told
New York magazine."

This strikes me as a spectacular example of the commercialization of images
of the war. John Baky has a great collection ways in which images of the
war are used to market items like hunting knives, clocks, and so forth, but
this moves images of the war into high fashion. The irony of a war fought
largely by working class Americans against Vietnamese peasants being used
by a haute couture designer is pretty great.

Renny Christopher