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Hedi Slimane's Female Menswear Model Was None the Wiser

Saskia de Brauw in <a href="http://i-donline.com/2012/12/i-n-conversation-saskia-de-brauw/">i-D</a> and images from Hedi Slimane's menswear lookbook.
Saskia de Brauw in i-D and images from Hedi Slimane's menswear lookbook.

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Hedi Slimane cast a woman—model and artist Saskia de Brauw—as a male model and the internet exploded, but they weren't conspiring to break gender barriers. In fact, as de Brauw told i-D, she didn't know all those slim-fit jackets were dude's clothes:

Hedi Slimane told me I was boyish in his eyes. For him femininity and masculinity are the same thing, the difference is not so interesting, he said. To be honest, for me it wasn't even clear we would be shooting a men's campaign. As the day evolved it became evident that he wanted to use me for his men's campaign.
· i-N Conversation: Saskia de Brauw [i-D]
· Hedi Slimane Writes Open Letter to Cathy Horyn, Calls Her a "Schoolyard Bully" [Racked]