This project is an investigation of the male wardrobe through out time and a response to the male fashion scene right now. It's a collection working with the boundaries between masculine and feminine - fighting for men to be allowed to express their sensuality through their clothing. In order to achieve equality between the sexes, men should be equally allowed to dress as sensual as women are already.
In order to express these new types of men, I have created a fictive paradise where people are not bound by socially constructed norms. Therefore they dress more daring, more sensual and more explicit - with elements recognized from a strong masculine identity mixed with the softness of a feminine identity. Welcome to Gangster's Paradise!
The collection draws inspiration from different sources in order to create the perfect combination of masculine and feminine. The gangster represents the classic male wardrobe, as well as the strong masculine figure from the beginning of the 20th century. The flapper represents the soft feminine figure with all of their feathers, pearls and laces. The flapper also represents the important rebellion, where girls liberated themselves from the norms of their time. They started wearing clothes for dancing, short skirts and loose dresses instead of the tight corset. The same rebellion that Gangster's Paradise represents for men, trying to liberated them from the tight suit, that has dominated the fashion scene way too long. To give the collection the last touch, I draw inspiration from Muay Thai kickboxing for an exotic feeling as well as representing the power of sportswear, that will help my collection to get a more relaxed feeling.