sexta-feira, 11 de maio de 2012


British designers from Alexander McQueen to Emma Bridgewater are appropriating the flag that festooned Nelson’s catafalque. Clearly the Union Jack is not the sacred cow it once was, writes Matthew Sweet ...
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“There ain’t no black in the Union Jack”: once chanted by meat-faced racist thugs in steel-toed boots, now echoed—without the racism—in Selfridges’ handbag department. British designers from the couturier Alexander McQueen (shoes pictured) to the kitchen goddess Emma Bridgewater are appropriating the flag that festooned Nelson’s catafalque—and jiggering with its colours.
The impeccably bourgeois Boden wants you to take its Union Jack tote bag to the beach—with the red, white and blue rendered in dusty-aqua or lemon-curd cotton. Just the thing to set off your Lucinda Chambers floral Union Jack wall hanging—as you sip Nespresso from a Bridgewater Union Jack mug. And McQueen’s skull-clasp Union Jack handbag—in Selfridges’ trademark eggy yellow—can be yours for just £785. Is this what Peter Mandelson meant when he said, “we together have reclaimed the flag…from years as a symbol of division and intolerance”? Have fashionistas and middle-class mums wrested the Union Jack from neckless bulldog-owners?
The flag is not the sacred cow it was: it’s hard to imagine MPs trying to ban the sale of Union Jack knickers as they did—in vain—in 1953. No outrage greeted the YouTube video in which Scottish Nationalists advise marinading the flag in white spirit before burning. Devolution has made the cross of St George the standard over which tribal battles are fought........

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