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.
I adore suits. They are timeless and classy, allegedly reserved and they are both an understatement (because its not necessarily the “rough” look) and an overstatement (why would you wear a suit, but for a funeral or a wedding?). Suits are the sexiest thing a woman can wear. What you can’t see is what’s underneath and that’s the trick. Obviously, I have a thing for mysteries and so the wide, high waisted, Marlene Dietrich-style pants, combined with an oversized, maybe double- breasted blazer and a buttoned-up-to-the-top-shirt, is my kind of thing. The only other outfit that comes close to the comfort that I feel when I wear a suit are my pyjamas.
It seems like all these oversized items beg the question: “Do you want to hide?”. Yes, I am very comfortable “hiding” in that way. It’s my personal movement against being seen as “the pretty girl”. Even in 2017 wearing baggy clothes isn’t really considered sexy or pretty and that’s probably why I feel so good dressing like that. The people that find me attractive that way, are the people that I am interested in. They see me as I am. Does that make sense? I am not saying that you can’t look like a badass in a short dress or whatever is considered “girly” or “womanly”. This is just my personal tendency, which I understand comes from my socialisation and upbringing as a woman in the 90s (the era of mini skirts).
Don’t dress for boys!