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 Uniform. Mel 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?