A New Step into Women's Skateboarding attire: Chloë Sevigny Presents Booty Shorts and Skate Skirts in Latest Fucking Awesome Collab
by Oana-Maria Moldovan
A decade following the debut of the Class Photo Board featuring Chloë Sevigny's high school yearbook portrait, Fucking Awesome has rejoined forces with the acclaimed actress to introduce a capsule collection. Marking the brand's inaugural venture into women's fashion.
In 2014, Chloë Sevigny collaborated with Fucking Awesome to create a pink skateboard deck featuring her high-school yearbook picture.
This unique item has now turned into a sought-after collector's piece for both the fashion and the skateboarding's lovers, commanding prices exceeding $1,000 on eBay.
This collection comprises seven distinct pieces that combine elements from traditional men's skateboarding apparel, such as baggy t-shirts and hoodies, with pieces designed for a more “school girl” aesthetic, including the tennis skirt and knitted vest.
This eclectic mix appeals to both the youthful energy surrounding the sport and the essence of girlhood, creating a unique fusion of styles.
The color palette remains true to Fucking Awesome's signature tones but incorporates a delicate touch of soft pink. This addition subtly reinforces the idea that “girls can skateboard and embrace stereotypical femininity simultaneously.”
Sevigny expressed her strong support for the brand, stating, “I believe in what the brand represents in skateboarding.”
She noted that even during the 1990s, when skateboarding experienced mainstream popularity and adopted a more polished look, Fucking Awesome remained dedicated to preserving the sport's punk origins and its defiant spirit.
She adds “From the graphics to the name itself, it's all very confrontational, which is what I love about skateboarding and what I was drawn to as a kid ... I've always believed in disruption.”
In a way this collaboration can be an ode to both Sevigny's career and her personal style over the years. But that's only on the surface.
This collaboration means more than just “being made by Chloë Sevigny”. It's also about not conforming with the status quo, something that has a strong grounding in the history of skateboarding.
People know of Tony Hawk, but not about Elissa Steamer - the first and only female skater in the original roster up to THUG.
A collaboration like this doesn't only mean that “we have more women's clothes for skateboarding” but it also means that “we have more inclusivity in a men's sport”.
However, this collaboration is not without its critics. One notable concern is the limited size range offered by the capsule collection. While sizes do start at XXS, they stop at XXL, with one piece even capping at Large.
This decision raises questions about inclusivity, especially within a sportswear brand, as it may inadvertently perpetuate the notion that skateboarding - or other sports - is reserved for a specific body type.
While it is a step ahead of some other sportswear brands, it still leaves room for reflection: is it truly enough?
While the clothes are extraordinary and seem like they are made for the “fashion girlies” they are also about the core value of this sport. They are about rebelling, about expressing who you really are, about being true to one's self, about being punk.
This collaboration might as well be another step into women's skateboarding attire or, better yet, the reason why a young girl might decide to try skateboarding, to be the next Elissa Steamer, Leticia Bufoni - one of the most famous female skateboarders - or Patti McGee the first-ever female professional skateboarder, and one of the original pioneers of skateboarding in the 1960’s.
The clothes are pretty, but the message it's more than it meets the eyes.
Edited by Emily Duff