"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest feais that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous ? Actually, who are you not to be ? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
[Inauguration Speech of Nelson Mandela, 1994. The sentence “As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” is from Marianne Williamson.]

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THE MAN WITH A SHORT DRESS: Sunday, the banks of the channel are places "where to be seen" for the Jet Set of Brussels. A designer of the street Etienne Dansart rests along the bank. Short dress with zip fastener on the front, deer boots, sunglasses, earrings out of gold and squared haircut. Gabrielle Loodts. June 2007.
THE MAN WITH A SHORT DRESS:
Sunday, the banks of the channel are places "where to be seen" for the Jet Set of Brussels. A designer of the street Etienne Dansart rests along the bank. Short dress with zip fastener on the front, deer boots, sunglasses, earrings out of gold and squared haircut.
Gabrielle Loodts. June 2007.


THINKER : Gabrielle Loodts. June 24, 2008.
THINKER :
Gabrielle Loodts. June 24, 2008.


MEN IN SKIRT 2012: Gabrielle Loodts. May 17, 2013.
MEN IN SKIRT 2012:
Gabrielle Loodts. May 17, 2013.


Dawn: The day rises on the city. They met in a dancing of the city. She wears a nice silk black dress with naked back. He wears a wind-breaker, a scarf of red color and a skirt in thick fabric. Gabrielle Loodts April 2006.
Dawn:
The day rises on the city. They met in a dancing of the city. She wears a nice silk black dress with naked back. He wears a wind-breaker, a scarf of red color and a skirt in thick fabric. Gabrielle Loodts April 2006.


THE WARRIOR OF THE LIGHT ""Here is the first teaching of the knighthood: you will erase what you write until now on the book of your life: concern, lack of insurance, lie. With the place, you will write the word "courage". By beginning the travel with this word; and while continuing it with the faith of God, you will arrive where you must arrive." [Handbook of the Warrior of the Light - Paulo COELHO]  Embroidery gold veil in silk on an armour of Knight. Dress and hairstyle out of gold. Gabrielle Loodts. February 21, 2008.
THE WARRIOR OF THE LIGHT
""Here is the first teaching of the knighthood: you will erase what you write until now on the book of your life: concern, lack of insurance, lie. With the place, you will write the word "courage". By beginning the travel with this word; and while continuing it with the faith of God, you will arrive where you must arrive."
[Handbook of the Warrior of the Light - Paulo COELHO]

Embroidery gold veil in silk on an armour of Knight. Dress and hairstyle out of gold.
Gabrielle Loodts. February 21, 2008.


The Prince: The hair gathered in a braid on his right shoulder, "the Prince" is a amblematic figure of the gothic feests of Brussels and north of France. Matched to military boots, he wears a dress in 3 thicknesses whose buttons on red bottom in the style "third empire" raises the imposing presence.  Gabrielle Loodts April 2006.
The Prince:
The hair gathered in a braid on his right shoulder, "the Prince" is a amblematic figure of the gothic feests of Brussels and north of France. Matched to military boots, he wears a dress in 3 thicknesses whose buttons on red bottom in the style "third empire" raises the imposing presence. Gabrielle Loodts April 2006.



The garçonnes or the first women in trousers.

Introduction

dot  Less than one hundred years before the movement of the men out of Skirts, there were the women in trousers.... This article pays homage to these women pionnières who had courage to face the homophobie, with the mockeries, with the disapproval of the society during the decade 1920-1930 while carrying the trousers. By adopting the dress of the men, they were the precursors of the movement of emancipation and liberalization of the women.

Poses calculated or urgent seized by the photographer ? "the garçonne with the car".
Poses calculated or urgent seized by the photographer ?
"the garçonne with the car".

La garçonne.
dot  Symbol of the Mad years, the garçonne, with her cut hair, her shortened dresses, her tubular look is a figure of androgyne mode which hesitates between masculine and invention of a new femininity. She incarne, in ambiguous manner, the emancipation of the women. The adversaries with this emancipation did not fail to compare the garçonnes to the lesbians, thus using the homophobie against the women. Thus, since 1889, we estimate that we almost always can suspect a homosexuality among women who carry the short hair or which gets dressed like men or who practise the sports of the men. The sign of the sex by clothing is indeed at that time a fundamental cultural feature. It assigns each sex in its place in all the manifestations of the social life. However, in this century marked by the male domination, to adopt the dress of the men is a gesture of stamping. Women face to the sarcastic remarks become models for the women witch like freedom: Rosa Happiness, George Sand, exploring Jane Dieulafoy or the writter Rachilde wear the male dress.

Short cut and squared said precisely "to the garçonne" Louise Brooks.
Short cut and squared said precisely "to the garçonne"
Louise Brooks.

dot  In 1920, the short cut and squared said precisely "to the garçonne" holds the top of the paving stone while the movie inaugurates the legendary career of star like Louise Brooks. The opponents of the emancipation of the women make run the rumour that the short cuts cause baldnesses, or, on the contrary, activate the pilosity of the face... But a new femininity is invented : The released neck and the nape of the neck emphasize outer earrings. On the stripped arms scintillate of many rigid bracelets, tightened "with the slave" while the movement of the body is underlined by many jewels imagination and pins...

New femininity:  the released nape of the neck emphasizes large collars. Louise Brooks
New femininity: the released nape of the neck emphasizes large collars.
Louise Brooks

The arrival of the trousers

dot  The appearance of the trousers In 1924, the Skirts are "short": on average to 26 cm of the ground. In 1925, they are to 30 or 35 cm of the ground. In 1926, they are to 40 cm then lengthen gradually until 1930 when they will be stabilized to 30 or 32 cm of the ground. But with the garçonne, male wardrobe enters the female cloakroom. It is not a question of vestimentary eccentricity but falls under a progress of feminism. The equality of the sexes seems initially like a negation of femininity and a will to imitate the men. The trousers, symbol of virility appears at the end of the Twenties in female wardrobe even they are already used since 1920 for horsemanship, hunting or golf. They also exist in the form of silk pyjamas to replace the housecoat since 1924. With the variation of the changes, the countryside will remain a long time faithful to its vestimentary traditions and its regional costumes. Thus, a long time, some priests will refuse the communion with the girls in trousers. The public school will hardly be shown more tolerant by prohibiting the trousers until the end of the Sixties, except during the winter rigours, provided that it is carried under the Skirt. In 1930, the women's right to get dressed as a man is even discussed in front of the courts. Thus, Violette Morris, catch of the sporting female Federation of France carries felt sorry for because its federation withdrew her licence because of her behaviour considered to be too male. To 37 years, she increases very short cut hair, the trousers and jacket with tie. she will be even marked by the rumour to have to remove her too prominent chest to drive its car... The court will declare that "to carry trousers not allowed for women, the sporting female federation of France had perfectly the right to prohibit it"...

The actress Charlotte Andler in 1929. Jacket, trousers, shirt, bow tie, gloves. Male wardrobe enters the female cloakroom.
The actress Charlotte Andler in 1929.
Jacket, trousers, shirt, bow tie, gloves.
Male wardrobe enters the female cloakroom.

dot  Nevertheless, these courageous women will triumph over the aesthetic divergences, morals and policies to enter manners and to thus open the way of the modern woman such as we know it today.
Gabrielle Loodts
Bibliography:
"Les Garçonnes. Modes et fantasmes des années folles".
Christine Bard, Paris, Flammarion, 1998.


Short cut and squared said precisely "to the garçonne" Louise Brooks.
Short cut and squared said precisely "to the garçonne"
Louise Brooks.


Gabrielle Loodts.
Gabrielle Loodts.

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THE LUNAR BOY: "I asked to the Moon. And the sun does not know it. I showed him my burns. And the Moon made fun of me. [J’ai demandé à la lune - Indochine]  To join the Moon, he wears a dress Gabrielle Loodts of the collection spring-summer 2009. Gabrielle Loodts. November 20th, 2008.
THE LUNAR BOY:
"I asked to the Moon.
And the sun does not know it.
I showed him my burns.
And the Moon made fun of me.
[J’ai demandé à la lune - Indochine]

To join the Moon, he wears a dress Gabrielle Loodts of the collection spring-summer 2009.
Gabrielle Loodts. November 20th, 2008.


Gothic: Wrap-around skirt in flax. Cotton tee-shirt. Boots of climbing. Gabrielle Loodts 2005.
Gothic: Wrap-around skirt in flax. Cotton tee-shirt. Boots of climbing. Gabrielle Loodts 2005.

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Mais le symbole plus emblématique de la mode à la garçonne est la coupe de cheveux. Incarnée au cinéma par l’actrice Louise Brook, la coupe courte devient célèbre et est porté par toutes les femmes. Symbole d'émancipation, la coupe courte séduit et s'impose. En 1925, une femme sur trois aurait fait couper ses cheveux. Mais déjà en 1903, Colette arborait la coiffure courte. En mai 1917 Paul Morand écrit : « depuis 3 jours, c’est la mode de porter les cheveux courts. Toutes, elle suivent le mouvement, mené par Mme Letellier et Channel…». Les cheveux sont donc coiffés suivant la mode masculine, sous un chapeau cloche, à haute caloque cylindrique et dont les bords étroits tombent juste au dessus des sourcils. Les frères Antoine et René Rambaud devienne maitre dans l’art de cette coiffure qui fut renommer la coupe à la garçonne.
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I have physically transitioned from female to bigender. I love to mix male and female fashions. Happy to find this group.
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Jean-Charles - Forcalquier - France - - added 29/07/2012.
Bonjour à tous les hommes qui sont convaincu que le port de la jupe, bas collants, sous vêtements et même chaussures à talons ne devraient pas être uniquement l'apanage royal de la gente féminine. La plupart des femmes et jeunes filles veulent laisser de coté leur féminité en se grimant en mecs (jean blouson Caterpillar et casquette). Pourquoi nous les hommes ne ferions nous pas pareil ? Notre part naturelle de féminité (même le plus poilu des bucherons macho endurcis par le froids et l'ermitage recevant le besoin de se laver à chaque changement de saison) produit de la progestérone (hormone féminine). Mais comme il produit aussi de la testostérone en plus grande quantité ses caractères masculins sont prépondérants. Même si elle est infime, pourquoi ne nous autoriserait-elle pas à puiser dans la garde robe de notre sœur, amie, épouse ou de notre mère ? Nous vivons une époque ou le poil superflu féminin et masculin est pourchassé a coup de rasoir et d'épilation. L'homme moderne passe autant de temps en institut de beauté et bien être que ces dames.
Le sous vêtement Marcel a fait un saut ...du kangourou ... au string ficelle..au jockstrap ! J'ai la cinquantaine et ayant porté depuis plusieurs années des bas de contention été comme hiver, jour et nuit, je m'étais résigné a me faire épiler les jambes pour limiter les échauffements.
Je me contente aujourd'hui de porter des bas et collants féminins de 15 a 20 deniers jour et nuit pour maintenir une température constante sur mes jambes !
Le pire (ou le meilleur) est que je me suis non seulement habitué au port de ces bas, mais j'y ai pris goût jusqu'au point ou mon angiologue m'avait fortement conseillé de porter des chaussures compensées à talon haut afin que le mollet remonte et favorisant le retour veineux (circulation du sang des jambes vers le cœur). J'ai essayé les chaussures compensées en pharmacie mais 5cm ce n'était pas suffisant! Finalement je porte à la maison depuis plusieurs années des escarpins femme de 13cm de haut et la santé de mes jambes ne s'est jamais aussi bien portée! Mon épouse a accepté cette fatalité et j'ai l'impression de revivre car je ne souhaite à personne de porter en permanence des bas de contention le jour et de bas anti thrombose la nuit ! Un carcan !! Depuis que je porte ces attributs féminins, ma conception des choses a évoluée. Mon coté féminin s'est affirmé sans être efféminé mais j'éprouve de plus en plus le besoin d'aller plus loin dans le vestimentaire et de porter jupes, robes, body et tout autres habits interdits aux hommes !
Tout ce que je souhaite maintenant c'est que les mentalités changent, que les casseurs de travelo et de toutes personnes différentes d'eux ne soient plus qu'une espèce éteinte et enfin qu'un jour je puisse sortir et me montrer à mon aise en public. J'ai envie d'exprimer librement et ouvertement ma féminité ! Alors mesdames vous n'aurez plus le monopole de la féminité ! Voila je tire mon chapeau a ceux qui ont passé le pas ... de leur porte et ... je les envie !!!
Bises à tous et bon courage.


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