A fascinating read, thank you! The similarities between barren modern architecture and modern fashion are striking. It's incredible to think that society has allowed such ugliness to control our culture for so long.
Originally Posted by HSG
Behind Corbusier's vision, as behind the impulses of modern fashion designers, is a basic contempt for humanity. The hatred of the natural female figure, of a human ideal of beauty, is evident in the way in which the fashion world sees any trace of human flesh as a "flaw," and fetishizes the mechanical notion of a model as a "hanger"--a mere device, a painted automaton.
A contempt for humanity. This is perhaps the most perfect way to describe Modernism; the epitome of its aesthetic aims and ideals. A similar theme can be seen in Modern theatre- Bertolt Brecht, for example, seeked to use his plays to alienate the audience and prevent them from feeling any emotion whatsoever. Modern artwork is the same- Pollock's masses of randomly splattered paint without any real or human element whatsoever- as well as the alien cacophony of most Modern music. We could also say they had a contempt for Beauty itself, as Modernism seems to want to eliminate all harmony, colour and joy from their work, until nothing is left but an empty shell...a machine.
But machines can't provide comfort or solace in times of need. They can't express human emotions, intelligent thought or spirituality. Machines can't enrich our lives, and they most certainly cannot create Beauty, the beauty so essential to human life. Whether through the harsh ugliness of Modern architecture or the emaciation of high-fashion models, Modernism and its offshoots seek to eliminate the beauty and ideals of the past and put empty ugliness in their place. It's crazy to think than anyone could prefer Le Corbusier's monstrosities and the flat, hard angles of starvation over the life-giving beauty of the timeless ideal.