Mira Kovacs photographed on stage by Christian Schneider.
Mira Kovacs, who performs under the moniker Schmieds Puls, pays tribute to the suit and Janelle Monae’s style attitude.
Alright, now, I thought this would be easy. I thought writing about what outfits I choose when I perform would be simple. But when I started writing versions of this little essay here, I began to understand that a complicated process starts whenever I think of what to wear on stage. It’s almost a political decision.
The other day I saw an interview with Janelle Monae where she was asked about the inspiration for her grandiose outfits. She replied briefly “Don’t dress for boys”. I loved that answer. I want to believe that I hardly ever dressed for boys in my life. Maybe sometimes during my teenage years, but I would always add an androgynous accessory. I like big boots, big skater sneakers, I think one can combine anything with those. No matter how sweet and nice you may look in a dress or in a skirt, boots will make it look more aggressive, more “I put my foot down”, more grounded. I like that. Plus I can’t wear any kind of heels, they destroy my equilibrium.