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Fashion Beast # 8 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

Written by Arion on Tuesday, May 28 2013 and posted in Blog

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Fashion Beast # 8 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

Fashion Beast # 8 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio
Doll lives in an ivory tower, isolated from the ugliness of the real world. But even a golden cage is still a cage, and so she finally asks permission to abandon (temporarily) Celestine’s headquarters. She leaves behind a world of fashion and glamour, and witnesses how normal people live. 

And it is such an awful life. The less fortunate are undressed by some sort of fashion militia that burns their clothes, others try to find food in a city that has turned into a huge dump. In this trip, Doll is accompanied by Tomboy, who explains to her that people “wear their clothes like flags. All their politics, all the things they expect out of life, all summed up” by the things they wear. It’s true, then, that most of them “will be marching behind these flags for the rest of their lives, whether they know it or not”. 
Fashion Beast # 8 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio
The ugly reality / la fea realidad

And that makes me think that, certainly, in our world, fashion is closer to tyranny than any other thing. We are also obsessed with certain brands/labels, with certain looks and outfits, and we tend to judge others not because of their political views, their nationality or their intellect, but rather by the way they look, or to be more precise, by how compliant they are of the rules of the fashion industry.  

Facundo Percio, once again, excels in these pages. From Doll’s silent trip through the streets of a city she no longer recognizes, to the activities of the men and women that live there. In the penultimate page, for instance, we can see two gentlemen dressed as noble men from Victorian England that, instead of taking out the dogs, have two women in leashes, dressed in very suggestive bondage-sadomasochism outfits, in other panels we see a man practicing anal sex with a very tall woman, a man throwing up, a man masturbating while he stands next to a woman who can’t stop smoking. In the last page we have a man urinating in front of two women, who eventually kick the crap out of him. All this myriad of details enhances the idea of a world that is strange to us but at the same time mundane enough to be considered real. The wraparound cover also includes many memorable scenes that include street sex and other offenses to the public morale… which makes it all the best.
Fashion Beast # 8 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio
Street sex / sexo callejero

Doll vive en una torre de marfil, aislada de la fealdad del mundo real. Pero incluso una jaula de oro sigue siendo una jaula, así que finalmente pide permiso para abandonar (temporalmente) los cuarteles generales de Celestine. Ella deja atrás un mundo de glamour y moda, para atisbar cómo vive la gente normal.

Y es una vida tan horrorosa. Los menos afortunados son desvestidos por una especie de milicia de la moda que quema sus ropas, otros intentan encontrar comida en una ciudad que se ha convertido en un gigantesco basurero. En este viaje, Doll es acompañada por Tomboy, quien le explica que la gente "usa sus ropas como banderas. Toda su política, todas las cosas que esperan de la vida, todo se resume" en la forma de vestir. Es cierto, entonces, que muchos de ellos "estarán marchando detrás de estas banderas por el resto de sus vidas, así lo sepan o no".
Fashion Beast # 8 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio
Doll & Tomboy

Y eso me hace pensar que, ciertamente, en nuestro mundo la moda está más cerca de la tiranía que otras cosas. Estamos tan obsesionados con ciertas marcas, con ciertos looks y atuendos, y tendemos a juzgar a otros no por sus opiniones políticas, su nacionalidad o su intelecto, sino más bien por el modo en que se ven o, para ser más preciso, por qué tan obedientes son de las reglas de la industria de la moda.

Facundo Percio, una vez más, se supera en estas páginas. Desde el viaje silencioso de Doll a través de las calles de una ciudad que ya no reconoce, a las actividades de los hombres y mujeres que viven allí. En la penúltima página, por ejemplo, podemos ver a dos caballeros vestidos como nobles de la Inglaterra Victoriana que, en vez de pasear con sus perros, tienen a dos mujeres en correas, vestidas a la usanza bondage-sadomasoquismo, en otras viñetas vemos a un hombre practicando sexo anal con una mujer muy alta, un hombre vomitando, a un hombre masturbándose al lado de una mujer que no deja de fumar. En la última página tenemos a un hombre orinando frente a dos mujeres, que eventualmente le sacan la mugre. Toda esta miríada de detalles enriquece la idea de un mundo que es extraño para nosotros pero al mismo tiempo lo suficientemente mundano para ser considerado real. La portada doble también incluye muchas escenas memorables que incluyen sexo callejero y otras ofensas a la moral pública... De lo mejor.

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