My favourite clothing: Top and matching shorts in black linen. A creation by Katia Le Dreff, Bretagne, France. Like most of my clothing. I wear the shorts or skirts always with thick cotton tights, sometimes leggings in summer. To avoid too much black, I chose also grey, dark blue, brown or bordeaux red. When I am in a good mood, also brighter colours, or patterned tights. Even white ones. They go amazingly well with my shoes. These "male ballet flats" which I wear nearly always, with different platform heights, are made to measure for me by different shoe makers.
A superb linen wide 'groscol' by Katia le Dreff on top of a heavy, one leg-covering asymmetrical skirt. The other side looks like a pair of shorts. Platform shoes and black tights cover my legs and feet.
Short wrap skirt, longer skirt, sarouel pants and the 'rocking horse' shoes designed and made by Atilin, Argentina. The wooden platforms are heavy, but produce a funny sound when walking on a concrete floor.
Une vernissage d'une exposition à Gennes (49, France)
Hautgroscol en lin marron, par Katia Le Dreff (Bretagne, France)
jupe crée par Mieke Kockelkorn (Maastricht, Pays-Bas)
sarouel court, collant noir, chaussures 'ballerines' (comment à nommer-les en version homme ?)
An opening event in the town of Gennes, France. I wore a wide shirt created by Katia Scoazec (France), a skirt in a similar style by Mieke Kockelkorn, a 'sarouel' from FantaZia (France), black tights and 'ballet flats-for-men'.
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 question why millions of western men are wearing day after day a tie 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.