CLEO CORRAINE



The inspiration for my collection came from both my upbringing in a suburban area of rome, and my personal experience of being a trans woman. Most of the people I knew as a teen wore sportswear daily as what I suppose was both a fashion and a political statement. Fetishisation of trans bodies from whom our community defines as “tranny chasers”, explored through the lenses of critical studies, was another focal point in developing my collection. Oftentimes, males who in their daily lives over perform masculinity, chase after trans women because of their obsession with femininity/ Taking notes of the conversations my trans friends and I had, and the irony contained in them, influenced my design process which consisted in a deliberate ridicule and feminisation of machos gender performativity, resulting in a statement collection that is political and satirical while being urban, feminine and with a commercial appeal.

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