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Fashion Beast # 7 - Moore, Johnston Percio

Written by Arion on Saturday, April 20 2013 and posted in Reviews

A great composer recognizes the value of silence. A great filmmaker knows the importance of a pause. In the same way, a great writer knows how to communicate something without dialogues: sometimes an image is more eloquent than any well prepared speech. The first pages of this issue are completely silent. There is not a word of dialogue, there is not a single onomatopoeia. A muted Doll wanders around the streets. 

Fashion Beast # 7 - Moore, Johnston Percio
Doll in her carriage / Doll en su carruaje

In a carriage pushed by men instead of horses, she sees her publicity panels being covered by an ad that reads “It’s conscription”. Many men are being conscripted. There is a war approaching. And the threat of a nuclear holocaust. But, as usual, everything that matters to the public is the fashion industry, the runways, the new outfits. 

Fashion Beast # 7 - Moore, Johnston Percio
Silent sequence / secuencia silenciosa

When Doll visits Celestine’s quarters, she undresses so that she can wear the new invention of the master of fashion. Celestine explains passionately the origin of this new black dress, the material, the characteristics of the design. In the end, he apologizes: “There is nothing so wearying as another’s enthusiasm”, and he is right and wrong at the same time. Surely, if we do not share our interlocutor’s enthusiasm then we must agree with this phrase, but sometimes two people can be fascinated by the same subject. 

But the question remains. Can Doll truly communicate with her master? Is fashion all that matters in the world? For Tomboy this is a world of empty glamour: “This whole morbid, claustrophobic denial of bodies, denial of sex” is what Doll wants, or isn’t it?

Facundo Percio has some extraordinary pages here, especially the initial mute scenes, that carry so much meaning with a visual rhythm of its own. The moment in which we see Doll naked is quite suggestive, showing a body with androgynous characteristics.  

Fashion Beast # 7 - Moore, Johnston Percio
androgynous characteristics / rasgos andróginos

Un buen compositor reconoce el valor del silencio. Un gran cineasta sabe la importancia de una pausa. Del mismo modo, un gran escritor sabe cómo comunicar algo sin diálogos: a veces una imagen es más elocuente que cualquier discurso bien preparado. Las primeras páginas de este número están en completo silencio. No hay palabras, no hay ni siquiera una onomatopeya. Una enmudecida Doll vaga por las calles.
En un carruaje jalado por hombres en vez de caballos, ella ve cómo sus paneles de publicidad son tapados por un aviso en el que se lee "Es la conscripción". Hay muchos hombres conscriptos. Hay una guerra que se aproxima. Y la amenaza de un holocausto nuclear. Pero, como siempre, lo único que le importa al público es la industria de la moda, las pasarelas, los nuevos trajes.
 Fashion Beast # 7 - Moore, Johnston Percio my sketches / mis bocetos
Cuando Doll visita los cuarteles de Celestine, se desviste para poder usar la nueva invención del amo de la moda. Celestine explica con pasión el origen de este nuevo vestido negro, el material, las características del diseño. Al final, se disculpa: "No hay nada más extenuante que el entusiasmo de otro", y acierta y se equivoca al mismo tiempo. Seguramente, si no compartimos el entusiasmo de nuestro interlocutor entonces estaremos de acuerdo con esta frase, pero a veces dos personas pueden estar fascinadas por un mismo tema.
Sin embargo, la pregunta sigue allí. ¿Puede Doll comunicarse de verdad con su amo? ¿Es la moda lo único que importa en el mundo? Para Tomboy este es un mundo de glamour hueco: ¿"Esta negación del sexo, esta negación mórbida y claustrofóbica de los cuerpos" es lo que quiere Doll? 

Facundo Percio logra páginas extraordinarias, en especial las escenas iniciales que son mudas, que poseen mucho significado y un ritmo visual propio. El momento en el que vemos a Doll desnuda es también sugerente: se muestra un cuerpo con rasgos andróginos. 


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Arion, who is either from Chile or New York (it’s not really clear) writes a blog that the Outhouse steals on a regular basis.  Arion is by far the nicest of all the staff writers and the most well behaved only having been banned from one country.  One thing we really appreciate about Aroin is that he writes his reviews in English and Spanish and we hope someday he’ll translate this blurb for us.  We’re not so good at languages, just look at how well we write in English if you need proof.  You should bookmark Arion’s blog - – and actually look at it.  There will be a quiz at the end of every month.


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