We live in the age of the involuntary uniform, of those people who, in order to appear different, eventually homologate themselves. If originally, the uniform materialized a social and emblematic function, a choice of life loyal to the rules, the people of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have rewritten its form, emptying it of its values. But let's go in order.
Military or school-like, for work or sport, the uniform is a symbol for the wearer, not for the price, but for its meaning. Wearing a team’s jersey, for example, whether you are a footballer or a spectator, enhances the passion for colors regardless of the result, embodies a football faith (or any other sport for that matter) and makes that jersey an icon, no longer just a shirt. The same can be said for the famous Zhongshan jacket (used by the Chinese revolutionary leader Sun Zhongshan, better known as Sun Yat-sen) which, from 1949, became the emblem of Maoist China, ever since Mao Tse-tung became president of the People's Republic wearing it and erecting it as workers’ uniform, the antagonist of the western business suit, an example of capitalism.
Then, there are the professional clothes which vary from job to job, the college suits and, above all, the military outfits, which tell about hierarchies, roles, victories and defeats and which, due to their complexity, deserve a separate chapter, whether they belong to the past or to a science-fiction-like future, indestructible, invisible, flying, symbiotic. Regardless of their intended use, they incorporate stories, disciplines, professions, lives that look the same from the outside, but which, in reality, are very different.