The skin, like a blank page ...
August 31 2018
Felt pens, a man, Paris on a summer's day ... Just enough to bring out forgotten memories. Model: Samuele. Text: Isabelle Cerboneschi. Photographs, realization, face drawings: Buonomo & Cometti.
It was the 1981 in London. I have no pictures because, at that time, Iphone did not exist. The World Wide Web neither. We kept own memories in our heads and we had real friends.
Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren had just renamed their store on King's Road at No 430: Worlds End. She had worn the following names (maybe I forget about it): Paradise Garage, Let It Rock, Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die, Sex, Seditionaries: Clothes for Heroes, and finally Worlds End.
On the pavement opposite, boys and girls were sitting on the street, nonchalant, handsome, dressed in white frilled shirts, vests, jackets of golden corsairs, wide belts, baggy trousers tucked in. in large cuffed boots. But what mesmerized the girl I was was their face. There was such freedom in these faces of men and women wearing makeup. Black eyes lying like those of a dancer, a white skin like a page on which to write new chapters of oneself, hair in disturbed battle. They listened to Adam and the Ants and Spandau Ballet, Roxy Music and Duran Duran, Visage or Kate Bush. They spent their nights at the Blitz or The Embassy dancing like we do not dance anymore. We found their faces in magazines The Face ou I-D, who had just appeared.
Receiving the three images by Buonomo & Cometti, these memories came back to me. I do not know what they had in mind, both, by drawing lines of colour on the face of this model. I did not ask them. Just a desire, no doubt ... The desire to play with the felt-eyeliner colour created by the make-up artist Peter Philips, the director of creation and image makeup Dior. The desire to put colours on the face of a man. This is not new, certainly, but it has become less common since Ziggy Stardust. Less common to play at inventing a double life, to make-believe illusion. Less common to use makeup as self-deletion, or self-effacement.