I. INTRODUCTION | II. PLATO’S ATLANTIS | III. THE GIRL WHO LIVED IN THE TREE | IV. VOSS | V. CODA
II. ALEXANDER McQUEEN: PLATO’S ATLANTIS | S/S 2010
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, 6 October 2009
ALEXANDER McQUEEN—PLATO’S ATLANTIS—COMPLETE SHOW
III. ALEXANDER McQUEEN: THE GIRL WHO LIVED IN THE TREE | F/W 2008
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris | 29 February 2008
ALEXANDER McQUEEN—THE GIRL WHO LIVED IN THE TREE—COMPLETE SHOW
IV. ALEXANDER McQUEEN: VOSS | S/S 2001
Gatliff Road Warehouse, London; 26 September 2000
Now what of women and madness and McQueen’s models, what of the women in the asylum? Via four authors I will present, without comment and by way of conclusion, four aspects of this reality, each one followed by images from Voss and an abandoned asylum. First, the poet Emily Dickinson.
Much Madness is divinest Sense
To a discerning Eye;
Much sense the starkest Madness –
‘Tis the Majority
In this, as all, prevail.
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur, you’re straightaway dangerous
And handled with a Chain
Emily Dickinson, Fascile 29 of Emily Dickinson’s Poems as She Preserved Them, ed. Cristanne Miller (Harvard University Press, 2016) 304
Next, writer and philosopher Hélène Cixous.
The hysteric is a divine spirit that is always at the edge, the turning point, of making. She is one who does not make herself. She does not make herself but she does make the other. It is said that the hysteric plays, makes up, makes-believe: she makes-believe she is a woman, unmakes-believe too. She’s the unorganizable feminine construct, whose power of producing the other is a power that never returns to her. She is really a wellspring nourishing the other for eternity, yet not drawing back from the other, not recognizing herself in the images the other may or may not give her. She is given images that don’t belong to her, and she forces herself, as we’ve all done, to resemble them.
Hélène Cixous, ‘Castration or Decapitation?’ tr. Annette Kuhn. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society Vol. 7, No. 1 (Autumn, 1981) 47
Next, psychoanalyst Nitza Yarom.
The Feminine and Recourse to the Body
From its beginning hysteria was associated with women and femininity. In the psychopathology of sexuality, we find that women tend to resort to hysteria more than men, and men tend to utilize perversion. The recourse of women to the body and of men to transgression of the law is also found in addictions. Here too, men resort more to addictions of drugs and alcohol, while women turn to anorexia and bulimia. The fact that biology forces women to deal with their bodies and the bodies of others more often than men is one conceivable reason why the body may remain a major channel for the communication of the feminine.
Nitza Yarom, Matrix of Hysteria: Psychoanalysis of the Struggle between the Sexes as Enacted in the Body (London: Routledge, 2005) 37
ALEXANDER McQUEEN—VOSS—COMPLETE SHOW
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