Clothes Make People

Clothes Make People is the direct translation of the German saying “Kleider machen Leute”. And it’s also the title of Herlinde Koebl‘s photography book. 

I really like her idea to show people what they look like without their uniforms on illustrating how clothes define the perception of humans.

It however reminds me of old photographs of American natives in their beautiful traditional clothes and then showing them in their Western suits after they have been “civilised”. Something that always made me sad.

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