current mood: confused
Hello, darling friends list. Your mayuki_miyazawa is having something akin to an ethical dillema. =(
Not too long ago, I designed an SS-uniform inspired lolita outfit. I designed the outfit with the desire to create a beautiful, smart, powerful and somewhat frightening. (Obviously not sweet lolita). Whilst I'm generally opposed to themed lolita outfits, (as I find that they don't usually work), I gave this long thought and I felt that this would work. So, one problem left.
Is it reasonable to design, manufacture and sell this garment?
Obviously, I am not a Neo-Nazi. I abhor racism, fascism, Hitler and anti-semitism. I've studied European history extensively, my disgust towards Nazism is justified. But I appreciate Hugo Boss' sense of style. I might be repulsed at his beliefs, but his uniform design is appreciated and acknowledged by fashion critics. It's an intimidating, powerful uniform with a stigma attached to it. It's controversial, it's wrong.
But Range Murata sees it and creates character outfits based on it. Hermes adopts the crisp SS uniform style in their winter collections. Would I be opening a can of worms if I went ahead and created this? Of course, for glaringly obvious reasons, I draw the line at the arm band, the iron cross and the swastika. None of these elements would be incorporated in this design. I'd very much love to create this, but I don't want to offend or hurt anybody.
Advice, please. =)