Is someone looking at you?

From the London Review of Books: “Was there ever a time when clothes were worn purely for warmth? … The earliest form of adornment, shells used as beads, is thought to date back about 100,000 years. … Adornment presupposes that someone is looking and that the adorned know it. The question of whether people dress for themselves or for others was answered when the first shell turned into a brooch. It may be for status or sexual attraction, or to bribe powers that be in the afterlife, but adornment always requires another’s eye, or the idea of another’s eye.”

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