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Androgynous Youth: OATH Studio’s SS16 Lookbook Shot in Soweto

Rich Mnisi

The SS16 lookbook for Rich Mnisi’s label OATH Studio is an ode to South African townships in the 80s and 90s, where the interrogation of traditional gender roles and stereotypes began to find expression in youth culture through androgynous fashion.

Flared pants, billowing metallic skirts, belted waists and chokers worn by Janet Otobo, Aart Verrips, Wayne Stuart, Lucky Macheke and Desire Marea unapologetically blur the lines between masculine and feminine dress. These fresh faces were cast to provide an honest picture of Joburg’s youth – while Janet is a professional model and Desire forms one half of the art duo FAKA, Aart, Wayne and Lucky are not performers by trade.

Shot by Kristin-Lee Moolman in Chiawelo, Soweto and styled by Gabrielle Kannemeyer; the series of portraits is an authentic celebration of township culture that prompts us to engage in identity politics. As Kristin-Lee told Dazed Digital, “We felt that androgyny resonates with young people in South Africa now, where there is almost a celebration of LGBT communities as a movement to oppose cultural stereotypes and homophobia.”

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Credits: Styling: Gabriella Kannemeyer Photographer: Kristin-Lee Moolman Models: Janet Otobo, Aart Verrips, Wayne Stuart, Lucky Macheke and Desire Marea

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