The 10 cm (!) platform shoes designed and made by Mayra (Montevideo, Uruguay) fit so well on my feet that I can wear them a whole day without even noticing that I am wearing such high shoes. They look great with dark grey tights, black shorts and one of the wide shirts made for me by Katiwa.
A man wearing tights. Weird? Is it? Really? Men wore tights for centuries. So it is just a type of clothing which has as less to do with gender identity as pants, or t-shirts. I like to re-introduce tights as male clothing and wear them often, always in a manly way of course. These asymmetric striped tights from the brand Bonnie Doon for example.
Platform shoes created by Mayra, (Montevideo, Uruguay). A shirt made by Katia Scoazec (Brest, France) and a skirt from designer Mieke Kockelkorn (Maastricht, the Netherlands)
The photos were taken by Moniek Gerrits.
Just an ordinary day in my working studio in Maastricht (the Netherlands). Often people are commenting like: it's just renaissance clothing what you are wearing. But it is defenitely not. It is all contemporary design, only slightly inspired by the past. For example, in medieval or renaissance times, men did not wear black. And, another example, jeans were inspired by rough cloths worn by some american men in the 19th century, but evolved after their re-introduction into timeless basics. Saaibestrijding would like to widen the range of timeless basic clothing for men by showing the great opportunities of leaving the dictatorship of the present dullness behind.
Shoes by Gert Buurman, ordinary black cotton tights, shorts by Anny Schoo, tunic shirt by Katia Scoazec.
These shoes from Bachick (Montevideo, Uruguay) fit so amazingly well that the high platforms cause surprisingly few problems to walk on. While wearing them I am simply 10 centimetres taller. They look great with the Katiwa-skirts of Drie-en-zeventig en Zeven-en-zestig.
Photos made in some seconds by myself. Later I will replace them by pictures where also my head is visible!
Alise Tilaka from Latvia created the wonderful calligraphy painting on the left leg of these black tights.
Alise: "When I was painting them, I thought - the meaning need to be strong, manly and some way with mysticism. So.. I painted 'Lāčplēs', after the name of a hero who appears in epic poems. He was called 'the bear slayer'. Once, when he was young, he fought with an angry bear. He won the fight and took the bears' ears where all the power was. With this power he fight for the free Latvia".
(for more about this story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C4%81%C4%8Dpl%C4%93sis and http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/12747/)
'Lačplēs' is like calling him. Alise painted also on the letters some symbols of latvian mythology:
Jumis – (from root jum- roof-) was a god of sky and fertility. He is associated with "double-plants", such as two crop stalks or trees which have grown together and share a trunk or stem. During harvesting, some stalks of the crops are bent to the ground and secured in that location with stones. During his holiday, Miķeļi, a ritual called the "Catching of Jumis" is performed, it involves a procession that carries some grains (symbol of "captured" Jumis) home, thereby ensuring the following year's harvest will be at least as successful. He is depicted as a short man with clothes that resemble ears of wheat, hops and barley.
Laima – (laim- (luck-)) was a goddess in both Latvian and Lithuanian mythology. She is the personification of fate and of luck, both good and bad. She was associated with childbirth, marriage, death, proliferation, and domesticity. She was also the patron of pregnant women. Some sources proclaim three Laima's, which means that either this goddess had three aspects or this could have been general name for three deities. Alternative names include Laime, Laimė (Lithuanian), Laimas māte, Laimes māte ("Mother of Luck").
Māra – (Mary) is the highest-ranking goddess, a feminine Dievs. She may be thought as alternate side of Dievs (like in Yin Yang). Other Latvian goddesses, sometimes all of them, are considered her alternate aspects.
Saule – (the sun) was the goddess of the sun and fertility, patron goddess of the unlucky, including orphans. She was the mother of Saules meitas and lived on top of a mountain and flew across the sky on her chariot. At night, she sailed across the sea. She is a beloved Baltic Sun Goddess sometimes recognised as a red apple, setting in the west. Saule is reborn as her daughter, the morning star at the Winter Solstice. Saulė is also a Lithuanian goddess.
(from wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latvian_mythology and other sources)
Shorts over tights, linen shoes from the Spanish brand Andres Machado.
Artist Moniek Gerrits asked me to act as a model in her theatrical works, which are mostly based on a photographic layer. These are two of her photos, taken on the Ile Monsin, just north of Liège, Belgium.
Layered ensemble: skirt, another skirt, trousers, wide shirt. Except for the shirt (Katia Scoazec, see older posts) I forgot where I found the other things.
Artist Moniek Gerrits asked me to appear in her theatrical works, which are mostly based on a photographic layer. This is one of her photos taken in the heart of the industrial human landscape on the Ile Monsin, just north of Liège, Belgium.
Hemp/tencel wrap skirt (male version) by Yana Dee, USA. Short tunic shirt made by myself.
Artist Moniek Gerrits asked me to appear in her theatrical works, which are mostly based on a photographic layer. This is one of her photos where I stand in front of an amazing brick wall on the Ile Monsin, just north of Liège, Belgium.
Wide shirt and long balloon skirt, designed & made by Katia Scoazec, France. The tights were found at Sokkenkraam on the internet, and the shoes are designed & made by Philippe Pasteur. He lives and works also in France.
Photography: Gonnie Meijer Location: Abbaye de Landevennec, Finistère, France.
Some first steps toward the re-introduction of colourful and creative men's clothing, after two centuries dominated by black, grey, boring mass clothing. That is what Saaibestrijding is about. Often in cooperation with creative designers, makers, photographers and other enthusiastic people I try to trace new paths in male clothing. I am not a fashion designer. Not at all. My mother considered it necessary for her son that he learned how to use a sewing machine, but it was the central theme of my artwork that made me curious about, for example, the custom of lots of western men to wear ties around their neck. An extremely weird habit if you think further about it.
The Saaibestrijding project wants to inspire, to encourage everybody to leave the rude dictatorship of the fashion industry and its commercial power behind. Everybody is creative. You are not? No problem: There's no copyright on Saaibestrijding. Feel free to use my ideas and designs to copy them, to be inspired by them, to distribute them on the internet wherever you want.