Chiara Balla

Italy / ON STAGE


Istituto Modartech





We live in a world where there are those who fight to wear clothes of the opposite sex freely and without prejudice and those who, deprived of freedom, wear clothes of the opposite sex to obtain their independence. Today there are only a few left, concentrated especially in the Balkans: they are the Burrnesh, also known as sworn virgins, controversial figures and currently the subject of numerous gender studies.

Simplifying, one could say that they are women who dress and behave like men, and as such they are recognized by society, even from a legal point of view, to escape as far as possible from the memory of their femininity: the deliberately abrupt and tightly bandaged breasts.

A new, more contemporary aesthetic but without forgetting the important part of history that has marked these women.
The Burrnesh aesthetic blends perfectly with the traditional elegance of the Italian man, giving confidence, awareness and individuality.
A strong, self-confident, refined and exclusive woman; characteristics that are expressed in the lightness of the fabrics, in the refinement of the colors and motifs.
Furthermore, the Italian suit is a requirement of tradition, that showcase in which man shows his social status, presumed and authentic, even by showing off an elegant suit.
These are the elements that unite the know-how, the Made in Italy that moves with care between innovation and tradition and the workers that will be highlighted by the small details and which make up the DNA of the collection.

So if we can study the Burrnesh phenomenon anthropologically to get closer to this story, can we define who a Burrnesh is?
Whether she's a woman or a man or has all that oblique transversality to personal definitions led her to be what we want her to be or what she wants to be?