Billie and Mel wears top by This Is The Uniform

Mel wears jacket by Martine Rose, bandeau by This Is The Uniform and trousers by Rachel James. Billie wears jacket by Martine Rose and trousers by G.F Hawthorne

Billie wears bandeau and trousers by This Is The UniformMel wears bandeau by This Is The Uniform and trousers by Martine Rose

Mel wears top by Asger Juel Larsen

Billie wears shirt (worn as a dress) by Alex Mullins and belt by This Is The Uniform

 

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will." - Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Boys dressing like girls, girls dressing like boys – manifest rebellion or search for identity? We cover our bodies to seclude who we are, while surprisingly asserting our self. We cover our bodies to keep 'the natural' order intact, while unwittingly creating new orders.  

This story is a challenge to stagnant stereotypes attached to gender identity and performance, and an affirmation of an alternative social, mental, and creative order. 'I am no bird' refuses containment, prejudice, and reductionist gender roles, while proposing an uncovering of bodies and minds.

Looking at women who dress like men, to look strong, and at men who dress like women, to adhere to a desirable form of masculinity, this series calls out the inherent prejudicial nature of this gender display strategy. In what seems an attempt to complicate performances and identities, a rather liberating question is asked: What if men dressed like women who dress like men?

 

PhotographerDavid Abrahams

StylistIan Luka

Make-Up ArtistJoanna Banach

Hair Stylist - Johnnie Biles at Frank  Agency

Talents - Billie and Mel at Select Model Management

Photographic Assistant - Andre Titcombe

Special thanks to Agency Eleven, December Agency, IPR, This Is The Uniform and Black PR.