Andrej Pejic’s gender identity is phenomenally fluid, and there are moments where he is clearly (and effortlessly) passing, or en femme. In these moments his identity seems effectively female, not merely feminine.
However, here I consider him ‘homme quaintrelle’ for a few reasons:
- The flatness of his chest is emphasized: he is not padding or disguising to fool the audience. That’s a very closely fitted top.
- Despite that, his femininity is absolutely unmistakable. Someone killed a herd of elephants made of tulle (or chiffon? I confess my fabric ignorance) to make this dress, and the detailing on the top is very delicate.
- The skull! It is eccentric and playful and macabre — in other words, perfectly odd and dandyesque.
I actually have a picture saved of Andrej in dramatic makeup and sharp menswear that I labeled ‘femme dandy’. That’s how extraordinarily versatile he is. I hesitate to talk about him because he’s so well-covered elsewhere — and let’s face it, very few androgynes have his effortlessly-bendy, mainstream-amenable physique — but he is certainly a fascinating icon.
Andrej Pejic and Lea T by Andreas Larsson for Candy
Everything about this — from the concept to Lea T’s swoonworthy pose to Andrej’s confusion to the suits — is wonderful.