Androgyny is my exploration of the ways that patriarchy plays out in women's fashion and newly popularized ideas of androgynous fashion. Much like pink sets of tools designed for women that are smaller, lighter and less durable; women's clothes that are designed to be "professional," or "androgynous" are just imitations of men's clothes, but with shallower pockets, buttons that are sewn shut, and cheaper materials. These clothes aren't designed to last. Androgyny, by definition is meant to be the combination of "masculine" and "feminine" characteristics. The translation I have seen of this in the fashion industry is to take men's designs and manufacture them with the disregard to usefulness that women's fashion gets away with.
For this project, I took a pre-existing menswear-inspired women's garment, a professional blazer, and lined it with pink satin fabric taken from a ladies' evening gown that was dyed and manipulated using traditional Shibori techniques. I aimed to show the degenerative effects of attempting to constantly conform oneself to these unrealistic standards of androgyny.