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Fashion Beast # 5 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

Written by Arion on Sunday, February 10 2013 and posted in Reviews

Is it hard for Doll to be the most famous supermodel? Not at all, she’s quite happy with her job. And she’s quite proud of herself and her newfound influence over Celestine’s employees. Only Tomboy seems a bit resentful. Another confrontation between them is inevitable, and when it takes place, the Patron himself must intervene.

Doll is like an actress that changes her wardrobe every hour. We rarely think about acting and its theatrical connotation, but to act means to have a discourse of “acts” that maintains associative semantic meanings. We should also remember the phenomenological theory of “acts,” as explained by Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and George Herbert Mead: social agents constitute the mundane way in which reality exists, through language, gesture, and all manner of symbolic social sign, they are the shapers of society.

Doll does what a model / actress must do, Tomboy does what a clothes designer must do, the employees of Celestine carry out their duties with diligence. They all do specific things. To do, to dramatize, to reproduce, these seem to be the foundation of the performative acts that define gender. This doing of gender allows people to be exterior, surfaced, open to the perception of others. This corporality clearly manifests a set of strategies or what Sartre would refer as a style of being or Foucault as “a stylistics of existence”. And what is more important in fashion than style?

This style is the product of a certain history, and that history affects and constrains possibilities. We could consider gender, for instance, as a corporeal style, an “act,” as it were, which is both intentional and performative, where “performative” itself carries the double-meaning of “dramatic” and “non-referential”. Certainly, Tomboy adjusts well to this classification. Let’s remember that he has acted like a girl who wants to be a boy, all her masculine poses and her manly outfits are part of that desire of become something else. But in this chapter something happens that might suggest that Tomboy has been a boy all along, just like Doll had been a girl from the beginning. Their true sexuality, however, doesn’t undermine in the least their attempts to cross-dress, to destroy the barriers of society and embrace the transgendered style that has permeated the pages of Fashion Beast since the opening installment.    

¿Es difícil para Doll ser una famosa supermodelo? Para nada, ella está bastante feliz con su trabajo. Está orgullosa de sí misma y de su nueva influencia sobre los empleados de Celestine. Sólo Tomboy parece guardar resentimiento. Otra confrontación entre ellos es inevitable, y cuando ocurre, incluso el Patrón debe intervenir.

Doll es como una actriz que cambia de vestuario cada hora. Rara vez pensamos en la actuación y en su connotación teatral, pero actuar significa tener un discurso de "actos" que mantiene significados semánticos asociativos. También deberíamos recordar la teoría fenomenológica de los "actos" tal como es explicada por Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty y George Herbert Mead: los agentes sociales constituyen la manera mundana en la que la realidad existe, a través del lenguaje, el gesto y todas las clases de signos sociales simbólicos, ellos son los que dan forma a la sociedad.

Doll hace lo debe hacer una modelo / actriz, Tomboy hace lo que debe hacer un diseñador de ropa, los empleados de Celestine realizan sus actividades con diligencia. Todos hacen cosas específicas. Hacer, dramatizar, reproducir, estos parecen ser los cimientos de los actos performativos que definen el género. Esta acción de género les permite a las personas ser exteriores, salir a la superficie, abrirse a la percepción de otros. Esta corporalidad se manifiesta claramente en un conjunto de estrategias a las que Sartre se refería como un estilo de ser o Foucault como una "estilística de la existencia". ¿Y qué es más importante en la moda que el estilo?

Fashion Beast # 5 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio
my drawing / mi dibujo

Este estilo es producto de una cierta historia, y esa historia afecta y constriñe las posibilidades. Podríamos considerar el género, por ejemplo, como un estilo corporal, un "acto" que es al mismo tiempo intencional y performativo, donde los "performativo" alberga el doble significado de "dramático" y "no-referencial". Ciertamente, Tomboy se ajusta bien a esta clasificación. Recordemos que él ha actuado como una chica que quiere ser un chico, todas sus poses masculinas y sus atuendos varoniles son parte de ese deseo de convertirse en alguien más. Pero en este capítulo algo sugiere que Tomboy ha sido un muchacho desde un inicio, al igual que Doll siempre fue una chica. Su verdadera sexualidad, sin embargo, no socava en lo más mínimo sus intentos por travestirse, por destruir las barreras de la sociedad y asumir el estilo transgénero que ha permeado las páginas de "Fashion Beast" desde la primera entrega.


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