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Without dark, there is no light. Without death, there is no life. Without feminine, there is no masculine. The beauty of existence comes from these extremes and their gradients. Photos by Katelyn Montagna
Our construction of masculinity embodies simplicity, strength, and direction. Unwavering and intense. Energy that forces through its path — like a comet — indifferent of what stands in its way.
Our construction of femininity embodies complexity, reception, and creation. Fluid and nurturing. An energy that ebbs and flows with time — like the ocean — malleable and all-surrounding.
We are often taught to pick a side; as if one can exist without the other. Deceived to hide what is always present.
If you look between the extremes, there is an infinite space. Endless possibilities of expression and beauty.
With so much space for all of us — why be one thing, when you can be anything?
Meet the Designer
The force that drew me to fashion in the first place was the strength it bestows to anyone willing to feel it. When I first began my fashion journey, I always thought I would end up being a “genderless” designer. But along the way, I realized the true depths and magical moments that fashion has to offer come from the entire spectrum, from hypermasculine to hyperfeminine—and all the grey areas in between. Being a gender-nonconforming person, I have always found a sort of safety in the ability to change my appearance to how I see fit, and I treat my designs no differently. In one collection I may find beauty in subtleties and neutrality, while in the next I may be inspired by the power of color and whimsy. I believe that in this short life we live, it matters not how we express ourselves, but that we never stop expressing.