She Man

This collection was inspired by transgender people and in particular the story of Thomas Beatie. Yelena illustrated a fictional collection and created two outfits. The clothes were presented in a performance. The performance was accompanied by a movie collage about a battle of the sexes. It referenced popular movies and series as well as made use of historic footage. The performance was a role play that featured three characters. Yelena was representing the shaman, dictator and terrorist. The two models represented a transgender man and transgender woman. They appear wearing a burqua and reveal themselves toward the end. The resulting video captures the multi-layerd meaning of all the elements of the project.

  • Art/Design/Styling
  • Year: 2008
  • Medium: textile, ink and pastel, performance