Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Snuff Bottle


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Seattle’s Asian art museum displays its collection of snuff bottles along the north wall of one of the inner galleries. All my life I have loved to contemplate the rows of skilled iterations of the same basic design. You can do the same thing by pulling up a large sized en from several of the various fonts on your computer. Like the persons of classmates who wear the same school uniform, a defined base emphasizes individuality rather than conformity.

Seattle’s very own Northern European Fashion Chain sent a mailing announcing the return of the textile version of a snuff bottle, the little black dress. I pulled up the page and found an entertaining and revealing collection of current thought about personal style. I also found the heart of the wisdom of the little black dress: my own two-piece version assembled from the offerings of a mid-range vendor of knits looks like it will be good for another fifteen years.

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