vintage english 60’s jacket w/ plum hotpants

Posted: November 3, 2008 in Uncategorized

This is a burning man take on the Sartorialist’s fitted jacket and shorts theme. The tights make the outfit edgy. Somehow, tights on men provoke a strong reaction. They transgress gender boundaries in a way that bare legs never can.
It seems that certain leg profiles are a strong feminine marker. The tights reflect and make leg profiles very clear. The short shorts do not break up the line of the leg like men’s shorts usually do. Instead they extend it.
So, we have a feminine look which is created by showing a man’s legs. Absurd is it not? I subscribe to the genderqueer movement’s premise that gender is socially constructed. Tailored waists give women hips. Baggy clothes take away men’s curves and legs. Gender is so totally enforced by society that we mistake it for the real.
I find the genderqueer movement one of San Francisco’s most interesting experiments, a collective movement to cast off gender. I will document the movement’s influence on edge fashion here.

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