In this series, I explore the concept of androgyny and question the gender roles that are defined and restricted to in fashion. I wanted to strip the focus away from the gender of the model and give more room to play with the clothing pieces.
This work was also partly inspired by the Taoist symbol and concept of yin and yang, or light and dark/feminine and masculine. Yang is white, ‘masculine’ and considered to be ‘light’; yin is black, ‘feminine’ and considered ‘dark’. It shows the balance of the universe, proposing that there is always a bit of one in the other in the cyclical motion of life. It is quite ironic that the symbol is literally black-and-white when its concept actually shows that the world is never binary. Gender-fluidity is in fact a ‘grey area’ and not black and white. This is, therefore, representative of a double concept to me – that the symbol is trying to convey how ‘black and white’ isn’t really quite black-and-white at all.
I chose to shoot this series in colour instead of relying on post-production to make it black-and-white photography, as I personally love the colour. I also took the opportunity to work with makeup artists to create looks for the models that would draw the viewer’s eye to the shape and form of the clothing, instead of making it obvious from the get-go which gender each model was.
Fun fact: The male model’s blazer and shirt were sourced from the women’s section of ASOS by my stylist.
Words: Sherlyn Goh, Photography
Photographer: Sherlyn Goh, Photography
Creative Director: Annie Wood, Fashion, Communication and Promotion
Photography Assistant: Umi Nur, Photography
MUA: Harry Marjoram and Alexandra Dade
Models: Giverny D’Auriol, Charles Mead