You Are What You Wear

Sam Warnke

Sam Warnke
Operations Associate

We New Yorkers are admittedly addicted to fashion. And thanks to the Met’s Alexander McQueen exhibit in 2011, modern fashion can increasingly be found within the hallowed walls of museums everywhere.
Clothes say a lot about people. You can pretty...

We New Yorkers are admittedly addicted to fashion. And thanks to the Met’s Alexander McQueen exhibit in 2011, modern fashion can increasingly be found within the hallowed walls of museums everywhere.

Clothes say a lot about people. You can pretty easily tell the investment banker from the hip hop musician by their clothing choices, right?  Surprise surprise, ancient Peru was no different! This men’s tunic dates back to the 7th to 9th century. At the time, the tunic was a man’s most important wardrobe staple functionally and stylistically. Patterns were unique to specific regions and even spoke to the the political and artistic climate of the area. So a thousand years ago, people’s clothing was indicative of where they were from and what they did. I guess some things never change. Kind of makes you want to get a poncho, right? 

 

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

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