NICOLE J. WALLER: doesn’t suit me
Nicole J. Waller fuses fashion and art, adapting the features of each expression to function in an effective symbiosis that manages to communicate beyond the individual boundaries. Central to their latest collection, doesn’t suit me, lies the issues of normative masculinity and what these attributes entails. Using the traditional blazer as a point of reference (a garment closely tied to the conventional role of men and often despised by those who attempts to break away from its restraints), they combine it with transparent, flowing fabrics, that are rather associated to typical feminine garments. The result is a collection that fuses tradition and modernity, welcoming an alternative view of the body.
NICOLE J. WALLER: doesn’t suit me | photography by Karin Shikata | model Ryo Ueno
Through this fusion, Nicole J. Waller aims to break down the preconceived notions of gender that are deep rooted in our culture and displays how garments are used in extension to emphasise these definitions. They heighten how there is a deep gap in a commercial market that seems to mainly cater to a limited kind of types and tends to ignore anyone that feels foreign with these labels. Their collection aims to fill this void, furthering the use of clothes as an important form of expression and communication with the world around us.
Story by Johanne Björklund Larsen