When I was in high school, I had to study Russian. It was then that I developed a severe case of boredom which translated into falling asleep in class. Anyone who knows a bit about Russian knows that it has six declensions and they are absolutely vital in speaking the language. That vitality bored me to not tears, but to sleep.
And there were only two people in the class: my teacher and I.
It was only when I started to see grammar in theory as well as in action that I could actually understand what a beautiful thing learning another language was. We all use words, have expressions, emote. But I began to realize that language was the very mirror of a person, showing the world who you are through your choice of words.
And this is a belief that I have associated with clothing as well. I believe that you dress to reflect what you feel about yourself, about the world, about your attitudes on life.
With the exception of triathlons, I never leave the house without a little makeup and my hair brushed. Personally, I feel like I have no business looking unkempt and I do not say so for other people’s sake: I say so for me. I could not care one whit about a person who only purchased an item of clothing because they wanted to show off in certain designer wear. It’s like when I was in elementary school and there were girls who would mimic phrases heard on television: it didn’t suit them. It was the crow with the mix-match plumage. It was the emperor and his new clothes.
They do not fool me.
Clothes are the words of a very elaborate yet concise autobiography.
So when I saw this interview by Ellen Degeneres with Lady Gaga on her purchasing all of Michael Jackson’s tour clothes, I admired her even more. Clothes say so much about a person, their history, how they want to live life and Michael Jackson was larger than life. That she respected his legacy enough to purchase all his tour clothes together, so that they wouldn’t get separated, for safe keeping, makes me very happy. Those clothes represented a moment in time where a man worked, gave his heart and soul in them and was loved.
And for a legend like that, that love should be cherished.