Every Thursday, AudioFemme profiles a style icon from the music world. This week our icon is self-proclaimed pandrogyne, and Throbbing Gristle founder Genesis P-Orridge, or as s/he refers to h/erself today, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. Riffing on h/er obsession with military regalia, occultism, and gender identity, here are some picks for those not willing to commit to just one style.
As if forming two of the most influential groups in the industrial music scene wasn’t enough, Throbbing Gristle and Psychic T.V. front(wo)man Genesis P-Orridge, now Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, has churned the minds and stomachs of many with a fondness for tradition. Born in Manchester as Neil Andrew Megson, P-Orridge has spent the last two decades altering h/er physical appearance both surgically and through dress. H/er new identity was the brainchild of P-Orridge and late wife Lady Jane Breyer P-Orridge. The couple asserted that they were one as a being called Breyer P-Orridge, an amalgam of their two selves otherwise named by them as a Pandrogyne. They even created new pronouns for their-self, such as s”/he “ and “ h/er.” Despite Lady Jane’s death in 2007, P-Orridge continues to build h/er identity as a pandrogynous being.
This installment of Loud & Tasteless focus’s on P-Orridge’s transformation over the decades. In the early days of Throbbing Gristle, the then he could be seen wearing combat boots, ripped jeans, and leather motorcycle jackets. The early P-orridge took a liking to controversial military uniforms as well as studded relics of English punk. While still maintaining a masculine appearance, Genesis often took on the tailored suits of a Beatle-ish dandy, but his more peculiar wardrobe came to fruition shortly after.
Donning more feminine garments, P-Orridge has worn the beads of a bohemian, the sweater sets of Park Avenue, and the trashed-up ball gowns of a transvestite. Here are some looks that remind us of the many incarnations of Breyer P-Orridge.
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