Janus in ancient Roman mythology was known as the initiator of human life, transformations between stages of life, and shifts from one historical era to another.
Janus represented the middle ground between both concrete and abstract dualities such as life/death, beginning/end, war/peace.
The switch between the outfits represents Janus traditional portrait, where he has two faces - one facing the past, and one facing the future. This transition symbolise the shift to new, peaceful, era.
We believe that together we can build a safe Metaverse for us and our next generations.
In this project, "Extravagance and Flamboyance. KERRY with a corsage“, I dressed „KERRY" in an individual look I created for Fashioning Masculinities Digital Fashion Contest
The idea was to create a digital garment look that created the illusion of physicality and integrated digital elements.
Garment Created in CLO 3D, Edit in DaVinci Resolve
K A J A Ξ @Kaja Froehlich-Buntsel 2022
„EVERYTHING IS RELATIVE.
THE EXPERIENCE AND
UNDERSTANDING OF EXISTENCE
DEPENDS ON FROM WHAT
P| ACE AND ANGLE (OR SIDE)
AN OBSERVATION IS MADE.
ON WHEN THE OBSERVATION IS MADE
AND WHO IS OBSERVING.“
in "Rúr'" monograph (Ostfieldern 2011) pp.166
23. Extravagance and Flamboyance. KERRY with a corsage.
This is a man's digital fashion clothing which I was inspired by new world. You need to be strong and patient, smart and patient and have your own world inside.
Designed to be read from the bottom up, this outfit was created as a response to past, current and future ideas of masculinity. It highlights some of the negative aspects that are still encountered today through the use of protective elements. Armour, padded jackets, needles puncturing aluminium trouser pockets are all meant to symbolize the tension of being strong, fearless and protecting, with the often overlooked qualities of wellbeing and openness. Questioning if the armour is actually protecting or instead trapping the occupier. Towards the top of the outfit is a more hopeful outcome with a decorated heart and an acknowledgement to the many ways masculinity can be expressed through any form or gender .
"Love's Dogma" is the testimony of love and time.
A deep scar that makes its way into the heart and marks it day after day.
The dress, like the wearer, is a survivor of a suffered love,
but it must be worn with the pride of a god, and the humility of a child, for that love will never be in vain.
Every moment spent in love, though it has left deep wounds in its wake,
has also left a message that cannot be forgotten: our love is immortal, and for this: divine.
By Rayo De Lux (Francesco Raini)
They're watching. They tell you what you need to do. They think see right through you. They know how it will be better for you. But you have already made a choice not in their favor.
I was born from a woman and bear her emotions. I have insecurities that necessitate pampering and affection. I'm overdressed in frills, proud of my audacity to be myself. I daydream about wearing the bikini top with the puffy sleeves that symbolise my manhood. In my universe, there is no archetype. I am gentle, modest, and open. I enjoy flaunting my stylish appearance and desire attention. When I have the courage to feel and express what my body demands, my machismo is genuine.
My face crown rescues me from the evil eye. However, I do see your curious expressions, and I am glad to see them. In your Eurocentric society, where my fashion sense defies preconceptions, I stand here confident and unafraid. Come closer to observe and appreciate my looks.
I created this Digital Couture piece with questions in mind - Who am I? I have encountered so many labels in my life. People have always questioned my identity, my sexuality and my gender.
I referenced back to the 70s Glam Rock style, re-defining what menswear can look like. Fashion is genderless, fashion is about self-expression. I’m tired of being limited to a box of how a man is supposed to act, dress and speak.
This Digital Couture genderless look is a fusion of traditional Chinese silhouette with extravagant modern twist. At a golden age of fashion inclusivity, we are able to explore or invent new forms of identity through fashion with relative freedom. Focusing on the details, the golden embodied dragon prints symbolise traditional masculinities and power, contrasting with new modern masculinities, the length of the dress and extravagant, flamboyant ruffles.
(The Animation has two parts: Storytelling + Animation)
Random access memories, is a look formed by a set of garments that represent fluid dress codes, also the mix of aesthetics, colors and prints represents the complex and sometimes contradictory context when it comes to deconstructing one's identity and understanding the role that aesthetics and codes play when it comes to fitting into a diverse society.
29. Access Random Memories
The title refers to the mythological figure, Caelus, (his name in Latin meaning ‘sky’ or ‘heaven’) who is associated with masculine generative force.
His outfit is inspired by the anatomical shapes of the male figure, combining sportswear and street wear garment details. The paneled mesh top is a sportswear reference while the wide leg jeans as a street wear piece refer to the Y2K trend in contemporary fashion.
The pastel pink and mauve color palette is in contrast with the masculine stereotype of the past decades, which is becoming outdated in contemporary culture. In modern culture it is accepted again, for the first time in centuries, for men to wear colors that were considered feminine in recent past fashion. By using this color scheme I aimed to symbolize the idea of free self expression, the right to express ourselves regardless of gender, yet the design still remaining masculine.
The digital fabrics are sheer mesh tulle, printed power mesh and laser printed denim. The textures are a reference the rich textures and vibrant colors that were accepted until the 18-19th century men’s fashion. In contrast to the historical reference, the print design is inspired by camouflage, an abstract modern pattern that suggests several ideas: the need for blending in or the idea of being an explorer, a traveler.
The scene is created with AI Dall*e and depicts an imaginary landscape, which can be on an unknown planet or can even be a place here on Earth.
It also signifies self exploration, introspection and celebrates the idea that men can have -and are allowed to show their softer aspects- as it is now mor acceptable in modern culture, while they can still remain and be perceived as masculine.