PRINT Summer 1994



IN THE WORLD OF FASHION or, more accurately, of fashion as an event in magazines, greasy as the skin tone is in. Greasy is achieved by applying lubricants, supplemented by eyeshadow with a sheen and lipstick (light) with a gloss. Greasy skin connotes nonresistance to the real—skin made oily by the only atmosphere the modern woman knows: office air systems that circulate illness and the mild anxiety, fueled by gossip, that is office life. The modern woman as she exists now in fashion magazines rejects the finished, calm, distanced patina of luxury—rejects face powder—as unrealistic. Yet she herself is an unrealistic version of the modern woman in this world, where greasy brings to mind not the fashionable woman but her ugly sister who eats bad food, consuming anything but clothes.

The fashionable woman may be a visual signifier of the misshapenness of modern life, but she seems unaware of

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