The penumbral subthemes of Clothes discussed above arise from four works of art: a movie culminating with a stunningly dressed Audrey Hepburn, a Robert Herrick poem about silken sheen, a Rolling Stones rebuke of expensive clothes, and a painting of variously-clad bathers and sunbathers. We have a few more subthemes to present.
Bathers at Asnières, a pointillist painting by Georges Seurat that graces the National Gallery in London, fills its canvas with — clothes! The seven boys and men enjoying the sunshine on the banks of the Seine River have on a variety of outfits that prompt several subthemes.
“My Fair Lady,” a blockbuster starring Audrey Hepburn (Eliza Dolittle) and Rex Harrison (Prof. Henry Higgins), won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director. Toward the end of the movie, in the scene shown below, the uneducated waif in rags has transformed into a regal beauty in a stunning gown, replete with long white gloves, a tiara, slippers and jewels. The sartorial do-over symbolizes the entire project of Prof. Higgins. It also suggests more subthemes of Clothes.
The Rolling Stones start their tough-guy song, Play with Fire, by highlighting a woman’s expensive jewelry and pretty clothes, or more precisely the stylish and expensive outfits of an heiress who is attracted to the singer’s machismo. What she wears marks her as wealthy, educated, and upper class, but immaterial if she flirts with the aggressive tough. What she wears conveys other subthemes about Clothes.
Robert Herrick’s poetic adoration of Julia and the wonders of her expensive silks captures the handsomeness of fine clothes. Long ago, in 1648, he created a timeless, memorable image of flowing, glowing loveliness. We can draw from the six lines of “Upon Julia’s Clothes” several subthemes of Clothes.