Beneath the Mask

In Rebecca Gales “History Workshop Journal”, she compares two quotes sixty years apart concerning the fashion of the colonial Mexico City. The first quote, from 1778, describes how fashion is allowed to mask socioeconomic status because everyone dresses finely. At the time, New Spain was trying to showcase its wealth, so it was applauded when lower classes dressed richly. However, the 1840’s description shows how the views of the culture had shifted. At this point, clothing not only portrayed status but also race, and those who did not abide by it were mocked.
The clouds remind me of the first quote; it masks the ground underneath creating an appearance of a smooth layer. But, as is common knowledge clouds never stay consistent, and will eventually part showing the ground below. This parting is comparable to the second quotes view of social stratification that occurs in Mexico City.