Man is man. Woman is woman. Especially when it comes to questions of clothing. Fashion designers Karin Krapfenbauer and Markus Hausleitner put gender clichés to the test – but definitely not with dry theory – rather in the form of wearable fashion.
They met each other as the two Austrians studied at the University of Applied Arts. Fundamental themes during their studies: gender discourses and cross-dressing. It was out of this that a label, with a very long name, was born: “House of the Very Island’s club division middlesex klassenkampf but the question is where are you, now?”
It all began as a circle of creative Viennese out of the art, film and music scenes. Today the creations can be found on the clothing racks at Japanese concept stores. The look? Deconstructed cuts and patterns in colors that make a statement combined with clear silhouettes. Since 2008 the design duo has been showing their work at Men’s Fashion Week in Paris, accompanied by texts from Judith Butler and videos by director Hans Scheirl.