Fusion of Gender and Technology in Fashion: My Utopia
On Wednesday’s class we were supposed to bring in/blog about examples of our gender/technology utopias. To be honest, I couldn’t find many examples and I struggled for most of the week in my endeavor to find something that inspired me. Initially, I thought a utopic example of gender and technology would be a “world without gender” as Haraway points out–a world where the boundaries between man and woman are indistinguishable that gender becomes obsolete. Then I thought about gender neutrality and how there are a lot of devices out there that are designed to appeal to no specific sex. My iPod shuffle for example is colored silver, a popular color among electronics, and I though “Huzzah! An electronic device that is silver and therefore unisex and the only way I could distinguish it from one to another would be to listen to the music contained within”. But then I read Halberstam’s analysis of the Apple industries and its logo’s connection to the creationist theory–a belief Haraway argues is irrelevant to today’s post modern society. Damn. I guess my iPod is a wrong example. To destress I decided to look at some runway podcasts from Style.com I stumbled upon Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2009 ready-to-wear line.
Perfect! I do love fashion, or rather am obsessed with it. Interviews with model, Natalia Vodianova; head designer, Nicolas Ghesquiere; Balenciaga shoe designer, Pierre Hardy; and actress, Selma Hayek all hint at the idea of futurism. Pierre Hardy brings forth the idea of a fusion between the body and the clothing since the shoes encases the platform heels therefore looking as if the shoes are part of the body. Hayek points that the line seems to present “a new race of human”. To me, this line is Haraway’s cyborg. The woman’s body has constantly been focused on and now body and technology are one. In class, it was mentioned that perhaps humankind is now evolving through technology rather than through biology. This line, I believe, presents an artistic fusion of body and machine–my utopia.