Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Princess darling.



Another entry for the Steampunk Ball -- this one's so femme it's drag.

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Pearls and parasols, lace and ribbons and bows. I like exploring how gender is rendered in clothing -- if you go too far it seems to tear it all apart. If a strong-jawed woman with thick eyebrows wore this, what would the effect be? A conflict between face and frippery. More discomforting, probably than if a feminine boy wore the same outfit -- looking something like this -- which a good number of people would find sexy in a somewhat alarming way, like Mystique in X-Men is sexy. A good femme outfit needs a little toughening up, so not to tiptoe over into the field of burlesque, which is just cisgender drag.

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