Saturday, June 28, 2008

Shirt collars are a way of putting the head on a pedestal without removing it.

I was asking myself why shirts have collars recently but couldn't really come up with an adequate answer. Then today, I saw a portrait of someone donning an Elizabethan collar and it hit me. Collars are a way of focusing attention on the head, on esteeming it, metaphorically placing it on a pedestal or platter (without removing it).



3 comments:

Nixta said...

Upon further reflection, it's doubtless something to do with hiding the neck, since any display of skin was considered scandalous by my prudish ancestors and the next in particular was considered somewhat vulnerable and sensual.

Or else it's just something to hide the fact it's actually a clip-on tie you're wearing.

Or, as you suggest, a way to make the severing of the head from the body during the inevitable decapitation for crimes against the Queen (or her sister) just that little bit more palatable.

Nixta said...

And when I say "next in particular" I of course mean "neck in particular"...

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