The Sleek article, "Vanity of Vanities":
Ever since pirates first sailed under the skull and crossbones, it has been associated with death. Now, this morbid symbol flies again in the upcoming fashion season. The skull reminds us both of our impermanence on earth, and of the romantic transience of fashion trends. Should we be spending our hard-earned golden doubloons on the next must-have fashion items, or are there more important things in life? […]
Vivienne Westwood took the motif of skulls and bones a step further in the seventies, developing a lucrative relationship between fashion and the punk music scene. In her small London shop »Seditionaries«, Westwood used fashion to embody the fear and frustration of youth, which happily embraced different forms of tastelessness – the macabre (razor blades), the political (the swastika) and the sexual (used condoms or tampons); in order to rebel against convention.cont.