It Is Here
What sound was that?
I turn away, into the shaking room.
What was that sound that came on in the dark?
What is this maze of life it leaves us in?
What is this stance we take,
to turn away, and then turn back?
What did we hear?
It was the breath we took when we first met.
It is here.
~ Harold Pinter
Recently, I was talking with a group of people – who did not know each other – until that moment. The conversation was generally light-hearted relating to work, film, family and actors’ agents. Without any warning, this person sitting next to me said, “How many children do you have?” There was a look of bemusement and shock on this woman’ s face, who was sitting opposite him. She responded “I don’t actually have any children.” She was left dumbfounded and speechless, by his comments. What just happened? He just asked an inappropriate question, to someone who now thinks, she looks like a ‘mummy’ (whatever that means) and needs to upgrade her eye cream. You never ask a woman if she is pregnant, because she could just be overweight, that is all. Also, never ask anyone’s age outright, or be prepared for the backlash – boom!
Derived from Greek words, which refers to the combination of both masculine and feminine characteristics. Fashion designers play with androgyny on the catwalk and in (editorial) print, especially Vivienne Westwood, Giorgio Armani, Pierre Cardin, Alexander McQueen, blah, you get it. David Bowie, Boy George, Annie Lennox and Prince all challenged the norms of society in the 70’s and pushed the boundaries wearing cross gender wardrobes by the 80’s. Liberating. There is also, a new fashion label called ‘Androgyny’ in San Francisco, that make unique shirts only for women, ‘to inspire personal confidence that fit as true as your own skin.’ There is high demand for this product. Great. Clothing is our identity, our badge, right? In the western world we have the freedom to express ourselves, which is radical. Top model, Stella Tennant gets my vote. Helmut Newton is another favourite, gifted photographer. Androgyny will always be (the new) black.
“In a sense I portray myself in a very androgynous way, and I love androgyny.” – Lady Gaga