Genderless beauty is a constant force on the runways, reflecting the balance of masculine and feminine energy that resides within us. Journey back in time with us as we pay homage to the individuals who have shaped the face of androgyny as we know it.
Chinese courtesan, poet and painter, Liu Rushi, was one of the eight legendary beauties of the Qinhuai River. Even after marriage, she regularly wore men’s clothing in public. At times, she made calls on behalf of her husband, while decked out in his Confucian robes. Hence, she was given the nickname of rushi, “Confucian Gentleman”. Before she met and married her husband, Rushi had published four collections of poetry, and her calligraphy style was notably bold and masculine.