FEMINIST PILOTKI UNIFORMS.
We have created feminist pilotki-uniforms as a collective outfit for usually invisible and individualised precarious workers in many contexts across the world. We make pilotki fashion based on overalls and other working clothes from different countries.
BY PILOTKI FOR PILOTKI.
On the picture: Pilot Amelia Earhart
… and always:
PLAY WITH GENDER.
Pictures: Kristin Höltge
THE TEXT BEHIND PILOTKI FASHION:
PLAY WITH GENDER. Pilotki fashion is the fashion by pilotki for pilotki and does not cost a lot. Our feminist flexworker’s uniforms play with gender and cultural boundaries. We integrate elements of plastic bags that have become a symbol of migrants and base our fashion on working clothes worn by invisible precarious workers all over the world.
FREE MOVEMENT. Pilotki uses the practically and often used so called ‘migrant bags’, which are connotated negatively and discriminatory in many countries. In Germany people call them “Poles’ bags”, in Poland as Ukrainians’ bags, in other countries they are known as “Go back to Ghana bags.” Pilotki revolts against this ‘common sense’ and adopts the beautiful bags into our uniform as a symbol of free movement of persons in a time where security builds new walls between persons.
CHANGE SHAPES! The feminist Pilotki uniforms are made of cotton because cotton meets our needs and we find it sexy. We don’t want synthetic glamour. We want to wear cotton overalls like Amelia Earhart, the famous American pilot did, because cotton feels comfy and strong. Pilotki fahion is communicative. We talk openly about our clothes and stop with the silence practiced by women on problems that concern women first of all. We propose cotton anti-yeast infection underwear. Pilotki fashion aims at changing shapes because bodies are ‘recognised’ and divided phenomenologically according to shapes. In doing so, we follow our idols, the Russian avantgarde artists Varvara Stepanova and Ljubov Popowa.
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THE INVISIBLE WORKERS BEHIND THE PILOTKI PROJECT AND THE RELEASE PARTY: Jaga Jankowska who did the graphic design, Nicole Doerr as the initiator of the Pilotki project, Jolanta Kossakowska who worked out ‘the words’, Stephanie Endter with her eye, camera and studio, Magda Dabrowka with her visual design skills, Kristin Höltge as thinker, flexworker and photographer, Anika Keinz and Anna Voswinckel searchering and helping with things, Amelie Kutter as taylor, Jarek Sierpinski as online-pilot, Tina Schaaf with the idea to design uniforms and in printing them, Isabella Willinger who brought in the Russian Avantgarde, Ingrid Fischbau as foundraising specialist and performing artist, Felix Wolf, critically reflecting and as a model of the fashion show, Sabine and Sara Struyve, who also helped, Karin at the Tek in O-Straße for the intro into Siebdrucken, Micha Ebert for the Siebdruckfarben, Nicole’s Opas who constructed the Siebdruck frame, Christa at the second hand shop for giving clothes, Millay and Jeff for providing her beautiful “Ohio” Bar in Schlesische Straße for our Release Party, DJanes Wassan and les ciseaux electroniques and DJ -iaac- (stromperlen), Hannah, Markus, Anna and the others who spontaneously decided to be models at our Release Party, Moa at the flee market and with her contacts and last but not least everyone who bought Femzine and Pilotki fashion and spreads the idea behind it.