Sometimes Amanda wears a suit.
With the gender-lines being blurred on catwalks from Dior to Prada, it’s no surprise that clothes are being designed, appropriated or outright stolen with no thoughts of tradition. Who needs to toe the line anyway, when you can have more fun wearing clothes just like a boy? Or the other way round, of course.
For confirmation of the allure of boyish looks, just check out the DKNY campaign featuring Cara Delevigne besuited and booted, leading a pack of male beauties. (Who to swoon at? Tough question.)
What a brave man she was, and what a good woman. – Ivan Turgenev on George Sand.
This flannel-clad rebellion is nothing new; just look at Marlene Dietrich or Katherine Hepburn.. Girls have been looking like boys since who knows when. There’s George Sand, of course, AKA French novelist, Aurore, of whom Ivan Turgenev said, “What a brave man she was, and what a good woman.”
For a woman born in 1804 (or any era) she did it all: penning scores of novels and plays, leaving her marriage for a slew of romantic escapades with the leading artists and thinkers of the time, male and female. Her conquests included the composer, Chopin.
What a girl.
What A Girl
Sand took to men’s clothing as a way of moving unnoticed among the Paris circles of her day. She also protested that men’s clothes were more durable and cheaper. (That was one way to get away with it.)
Turncoat as that sounds, look through your closet for a crinoline and whalebone corsets and breathe a sigh of relief. (Or maybe you have them? Nice. You have a collector’s eye.)
A hundred years later, enters another exciting masculine/feminine from Europe, one Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss, fluent in five languages and highly educated daughter of a Russian aristocrat and an Armenian anarchist and former priest.
We can’t all become Sufi mystics, riding through the desert with our beautiful lover by our side.. but a girl can dream, can’t she?
After a series of family tragedies, she gave up Western life, dressed as a man, adopted the name, Si Mahmoud Essadi and travelled North Africa, writing, marrying and living an incredible life, even becoming a member of a secret cult (probably only open to men…Dude!)
Crossdressing, sensuality, drugs and heroism. Isabelle Eberhart. She’s a scriptwriter’s fantasy heroine.
I’d urge you to read, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt and definitely, The Oblivion Seekers, if you want an exciting, romantic read. We can’t all become Sufi mystics, riding through the desert with our beautiful lover by our side.. but a girl can dream, can’t she?
Girly Girl/Tomboy/Whatever: Dress Like A Boy.. If You Want.
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Photography: Dear Velvet
– Amanda was also the Stylist on Albin