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All Praise Be To Dagon [May. 8th, 2018|09:57 am]
Tony Grist
I don't understand high fashion. Nothing you see on the catwalk is going to make it onto the high street- more's the pity.

To say I admired the papal mini-skirt costume that Rihanna wore to the Met Gala would be inaccurate. I admire the cheek of it- but not the thing itself. It's striking but ugly. And rather silly. I'm not sure anyone looks good in a mitre- not even il Papa. I read somewhere that the mitre was originated by the priests of Dagon- a fish god disapproved of in the Old Testament- and is supposed to look like a fish's open mouth.

"How do you like my new hat? It honours Dagon. All praise be to him."

"You look like a twat."

"Correction. I look like a fish."

"If you say so."

"I'm going to wear it for the sacrifices this evening."

"People will laugh."

"No they won't."

"Ah well, on your own head be it."

I am reminded of the phantasmagorical ecclesiastical fashion show in Fellini's Roma- which is one of my favourite movies. I wondered how old he was when he made what is essentially a lament for lost youth so I looked it up and found he was fifty- which made me smile. When you're fifty you think you're as old as the hills- but you're not. 
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-05-08 12:37 pm (UTC)
I looked at a scant handful of the Met Gala photos and said no thank you.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-08 02:35 pm (UTC)
I liked the ones that were clearly playing it for laughs.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-05-08 02:53 pm (UTC)
Trouble is, I'm not convinced that any of those folks were clearly playing it for laughs.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-08 07:19 pm (UTC)
Jared Leto and his companion were clearly smiling at their own ridiculousness.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-05-09 04:56 pm (UTC)
Okay. I'll give you Jared Leto (I had to look him up).
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-05-08 03:49 pm (UTC)
"Ah well, on your own head be it."

Heh!

I never knew that about Dagon the fish god and the origin of mitres... That's rather wonderful. Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-08 07:18 pm (UTC)
I think it's true- at least it's as true as anything with its roots in prehistory ever can be.
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