Earlier this week, Janelle Monáe released a video for her latest song ‘PYNK’ – a collaboration with Grimes.
The video is packed full of pink imagery but one outfit in particular caught the internet’s attention – those vagina pants.
In one of the dance sequences, Monáe and her crew wear giant, pink trousers, while Tessa Thompson pokes her head through Monáe’s pair.
They were created by designer Duran Lantink, who says he was given about a week to come up with the costumes for the video. Oh, and his only brief was “vaginas”.
So peep how every woman’s “pants” (vagina) are different. And some of the women don’t have “pants” (vagina). pic.twitter.com/0YhAKkyJeZ
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“They already had some sketches of fabrics draped around the neck, turning it into a vagina, but I decided to pitch something different,” Lantink told Dazed. “I really loved the idea of a giant vagina as legs. Janelle loved it, so we tweaked it into something we both loved.
“To be honest, I just googled vaginas and went to the market to find the perfect colours and materials. So all the inspiration came from that.
“It was a 24/7 job. We had seven days in total to finish the outfits. We made a micro factory, where one person was in charge of cutting, another for sewing, and another for pleating.”
Lantink goes on to explain that the base of the trousers are made of stretch cotton while the inside part of the vagina is pleated silk. “There’s also tulle and silk to give it a soft and cosy feeling. We didn’t know Janelle’s size, so we just had to guess. Obviously we guessed wrong… they were for a model size, so were way too long.
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) April 10, 2018
“In the end, my assistant and I had to fly from Amsterdam to LA to give us some extra time to finish the looks. It was crazy! My assistant was hand sewing in the airport and on the plane. Luckily, the fittings went well when we were on location and Janelle was super happy with the outfits.”
Monáe releases her new album ‘Dirty Computer’ on April 27. This new track follows on from the recently-released ‘Django Jane’ and ‘Make Me Feel’.