The ‘Merkin’ makes a comeback
For those not familiar with a ‘merkin’ – it’s a pubic wig derived from the 1800s, commonly made from fur or linen to cover one’s modesty when one’s whoring had contracted one lice and one had to shave ones pubic area.
Fast-forward to New York Fashion Week and the 21st Century and the merkin has made a comeback! South Korean designer Kaimin took her theme of ‘Oriental Garden’ right down to the ‘lady garden’ and adorned her models with studded leather blazers, tulle bodysuits, mohicans and mohawk merkins in many colours which were to “represent acceptance of individuality with the human vagina“, which was alluded to in the live visual art at the show and was emphasised by the mohawk on the runway.
“The main collection strives to reflect individual desire to transform and to become the best version of oneself, ultimately being proud of one’s uniqueness.” Which I’m all for but I don’t think a pubic wig glued to my nether regions is going to achieve that – not for me anyway…