I BEGAN LOOKING AT FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, CONSIDERING THE REPERCUSSIONS OF SUCH PROCEDURES ON THE WOMEN INVOLVED. THE CAPACITY OF A CULTURAL TRADITION TO VIOLENTLY INFLICT SUCH AN ACT TO FORCIBLY REMOVE A PERSONS SEX. THE WAYS IN WHICH A SOCIETY'S CULTURE FORMS AND REITERATES THROUGH TRADITION CERTAIN BELIEFS, DEFINITIONS AND PRACTICES. I WAS TRYING TO IMAGINE A SPACE WHERE WE ARE NOT DEFINED WITHIN THE LIMITS OF GENDER THAT SOCIETY ASSIGNS US, BUT ABLE TO DEVELOP INDIVIDUALLY WITHOUT THE INFLUENCE OF EXPECTATION.

LOOKING AT THE HISTORY OF WESTERN EXPECTATIONS THROUGH THE LAST FEW CENTURIES AND THE DEVELOPMENTS OF FASHION REVEALS THE DRESSING IN RELATION TO SEXUAL ROLES OF THE TIMES BUT ALSO IDEAS OF GENDER IN FURTHER EASTERN CULTURES WHERE IT IS A FAR MORE ABSTRACT CONCEPT. IRANIAN HISTORIAN AFSANEH NAJMABADI, WRITER OF WOMEN WITH MUSTACHES, MEN WITHOUT BEARDS, WHERE SHE DESCRIBES THE INDISTINGUISHABLE GENDERS OF PRE-MODERN ISLAMIC LOVERS, THERE WAS AN ACCEPTANCE AND ELASTICITY OF PREMARITAL SEXUAL BOUNDARIES. I WANTED TO CREATE A COLLECTION THAT WAS GENDERLESS AND NOT LIMITED BY FEARS GENDERED PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE ABOUT EXPRESSION, ONE THAT WAS ABLE TO WORK WITH THOSE FEARS.