“Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, ... Even pretending you aren‘t catering to male fantasies is a male fantasy: pretending you‘re unseen, pretending you have a life of your own, that you can wash your feet and comb your hair unconscious of the ever-present watcher peering through the keyhole, peering through the keyhole in your own head, if nowhere else. You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman. You are your own voyeur.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride
“Décor” is the funny and straight-to-the- point collection of our family member Meike van Lelyveld. This collection addresses the complicated relationship women have to their way of dressing and the boxes they are put in. Are they catering to themselves or to the male gaze that they were raised with? Is it good to blend into the image society has for you or will that make you stand out even more? Meike approaches these questions in a very direct way by taking inspiration from stereotypes, furniture and childhood. In her literal translation of her inspiration, her collection is funny and approachable which will hopefully make topics such as internalised misogyny more accessible.