Imperialist Fashion: The Necktie

George Ajjan has an amusing item on Why Iran’s President Ahmadinejad never wears a tie. Ajjan heard this from an unnamed Iranian friend:

Shortly after the revolution…the tie itself began being associated with “Western imperialism”, especially after Ayatollah Khomeini branded a large group of intellectuals (who were less religiously zealous than he would have liked) as “tie-wearing cronies of the West” and essentially branded anyone wearing a tie as being Western influenced… Gradually, as Khomeini’s legacy became a bit less overbearing, regular people stopped caring… ordinary people now wore ties on a regular basis. I myself for example, always wore tie at work in Tehran, as did many of my colleagues. I would actually make a point of wearing a tie outside as much as possible, to do my bit…
Imperialist Fashion: The Necktie