The Art of Darkness

Post-Apocalyptic Fashion

January 7th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Intrepid commenter Cookie recently emailed me this:

Maybe because I’m getting older or I’ve been watching too many zombie/apocalypse shows but I’m getting awfully tired of future fashion consisting of leather, combat, goggles, gears, guns, etc. in some or other combination. With the economy looking bleaker and bleaker and just about everything else circling the crapper why should our fashions be dreary too? Other periods of history were just as bad or worse yet they went through it with a bit of flair; think 18th century France. Too colorful? How about pre soviet Russia; late 19th/early 20th century kulak? Good peasant functional ethnic look. Looking for something a little closer to home? Why not ’20’s – 30’s American depression era? Think Waltons and Bonney and Clyde. I never thought that I would say this but I’m kinda getting sick of black. How are the other shadow folk thinking? What do they want to look like standing in the bread line?

Although I can think of exceptions (the Hunger Games comes to mind), it’s true that a lot of post-apocalyptic clothing is mighty boring. That’s often explained away as survivors wearing whatever they could scavenge from the rubble of civilization, but it’s suspicious that nobody ever seems to scavenge Elton John’s closet.

So what do you think, oh commentariat? When civilization falls will we all be wearing black leather, or will “peasant style” become a thing again?

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