Satsuki maintains absolute control over the school using Goku Uniforms, which grant supernatural strength to their wearer and are distributed only to her most loyal students.
She finally gets an in episode 16.
It involves carefully layering one Life Fiber over another, very different from normal clothes.
Not that this rattles Ryuko's determination any.
This may also count as an exaggerated version of ; some areas of Japanese culture consider someone with lofty ambitions to be morally superior to someone who does the same thing for pettier ambitions.
Taken in Mako's case; by all accounts, she should have died within the first two episodes from the sheer amount of slapstick heaped upon her.