Fashion designer Marissa Webb’s Look Book is filled with models who mimic her. Many sport a classically structured design that borrows from elements in masculine tailoring, while still accented with traits of feminine color and whimsy. Considering the fact that she frequently tried to convince friends to call her "Mark" while growing up, this balance of masculine and feminine qualities in her clothes serves as a poignant example of when a self-proclaimed "tom-boy" falls into the world of fashion.
Gender norms are tough. We are raised and taught as children that certain clothing items are fair game, while others are off-limits for no reason other than being “too girly” or “too boyish.” The restrictive confines of gender are piled upon us from a young age in both subliminal and direct messaging that causes a justifiable amount of confusion for individuals in our society. But what if we didn’t have to choose? That’s why Ukranian fashion designers Dima Chayun and Anton Yakshyn launched their brand Chakshyn in 2015, a clothing line inspired by the glaring but often overlooked shared aspects of masculine and feminine clothing.