baby's first words

  • baby: d-d-da..
  • father: daddy?
  • baby: dada /ˈdɑːdɑː/ or Dadaism was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century. Many claim Dada began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1916, spreading to Berlin shortly thereafter but the height of New York Dada was the year before, in 1915.[1] To quote Dona Budd's The Language of Art Knowledge,
  • Dada was born out of negative reaction to the horrors of World War I. This international movement was begun by a group of artists and poets associated with the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. Dada rejected reason and logic, prizing nonsense, irrationality and intuition. The origin of the name Dada is unclear; some believe that it is a nonsensical word. Others maintain that it originates from the Romanian artists Tristan Tzara's and Marcel Janco's frequent use of the words "da, da," meaning "yes, yes" in the Romanian language. Another theory says that the name "Dada" came during a meeting of the group when a paper knife stuck into a French-German dictionary happened to point to 'dada', a French word for 'hobbyhorse'.[2]
  • The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature, poetry, art manifestoes, art theory, theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. In addition to being anti-war, Dada was also anti-bourgeois and had political affinities with the radical left.

Anonymous asked:

Why is the fashion industry full of elitists?

alexanderfury answered:

If by “elitists” you mean people who don’t accept wool instead of cashmere, who emphasise the superiority of haute couture over ready to wear, who understand the difference between “cost” and “worth,” who don’t believe that because what you makes ends up on someone’s back it is inherently valueless, pointless, and purely functional - then the industry is full of them by its very nature.

Vivienne Westwood once said she believed in elitism because fashion isn’t about pleasing everyone all of the time. It’s about the few pushing forward, doing something brave, and new, and exciting. We don’t have nations of brilliant people. We have an elite few who pull the rest of us, kicking and screaming, into the light. You get that in science, literature, art and fashion. 

I suspect you mean elitism pejoratively, though. In which case I’d like to point out that fashion’s elitism is intellectual, or rather creative. John Galliano is the son of a plumber, an immigrant from Gibraltar. Lee Alexander McQueen was the son of an East London cab driver. My father is an electrical foreman, my parents are working class. I am working class. And I worked for my success. So did John and Lee, and many many others. There are privileged people in fashion, as there are in all trades. But you’re only as good as the clothes you put on someone’s back. Plenty of people have tried to buy their way into fashion, most have failed.

And besides, fashion ends up on people’s back. All kinds of people. It affects the lives of the masses, whether they realise it or not. That must be one of the least elitist things in the world.