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“Amid the chaos 2020, an unlikely fashion star was born,” Dazed declared of 61-year-old, grandfather of four Mark Bryan earlier this year. As the epitome of business at the front and party at the back, the sexagenarian Texan became a viral sensation by matching slick suiting up top with feminine skirts and killer heels down below – which is pretty surprising when you find out Bryan is a happily married straight guy working in robotics in a semi-sleepy town in southwest Germany. Of course Mark caught the anthropological eye of Ninamounah and became part of its eclectic chosen family.
After Ninamounah Langestraa first ignited the imagination of the industry with a sex-charged, biology-driven graduate collection from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, she turned to family member Robin Burggraaf before the pair launched Ninamounah. Together, the Amsterdam-based duo consider themselves biologists and anthropologists that use fashion as their preferred research method. Their collections have continually looked to natural phenomena as a conceptual starting point before challenging, teasing, and subverting cultural codes and societal views. Othered by society, Mark Bryan experiences this each and every morning he gets dressed and puts on a pair of heels. So, designer Ninamounah and Robin Burggraaf slid into his DMs, became friends and invited him to be part of their ‘special species’ cast for their spring/summer 21 campaign. Closely following an Interview magazine feature, the Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm-shot campaign was Mark’s second ever shoot. “How cool is it that a 61-year-old straight Texan engineer, who lives in the smallest German village goes to work every day in stilettos and a short skirt?” Robin asks LN-CC. “He's not looking to make a statement, he just is who he is. and that is so inspiring and beautiful.” A year later, with the world still somewhat in chaos, Ninamounah and Mark reunite for a follow-up shoot.