Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand



WARM BROTHERS is a celebration of queer identity, born from an exploration of personal identity and          research into The Institute for Sex Research, an establishment which operated in Berlin throughout the 1920s. The director, Marcus Hirschfeld was a pioneer of LGBT rights, and proposed a concept of human sexuality as comprising a spectrum of sexual intermediaries. A community flourished around the institute, which became famous for holding lavish, hedonistic parties — an important opportunity for empirical research.

This Collection reimagines those parties using hospital garments as a starting point for silhouettes and female eveningwear for fabric and story finishings. The resulting pieces challenge historical codes of what makes a garment masculine or feminine.