tyranny of authenticity

Ellen Sebastian Chang speaks of the idea of the “tyranny of authenticity” as an enemy of art–it’s an idea I’ve been thinking a lot about in the past few months. We went to the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the DeYoung today, which was smaller than I expected it to be but still quite overwhelming. In a video on his life, the following quotation from him about what is so important and glorious about fashion:

“A woman becomes bewitching when she cheats, when Artifice enters the picture.”

Just looking at his work–and thinking about fashion that way–fashion is not supposed to be about the tyranny of being perfect–just appearing so.

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