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What Happens When You and Your Grandkids Switch Outfits?

By Christina2 - March 30, 2014

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The relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren has always been a special one, as the former are far enough removed from child-raising that they can just enjoy the company of youngsters with wisdom and fun. In turn, grandchildren revel in the attention doted on them and form a familial bond they may not necessarily have with their parents. But now, a photographer named Qozop has photographed the generations swapping clothes—you decide who looks better!

The Point of the Project

Qozop shot the hipsters and their parents or grandparents swapping outfits for a series called "Spring-Autumn", explaining "that though Asia has become westernised to a large degree, it is still possible to witness its traditions and cultures. And as an Asian society, our cultural beliefs are often reflected in our dressing. ...It was easy to get the kids agree to be photographed; the older folks required a little coaxing but once they had been photographed, they were often curious and amused to see themselves in their son's or grandson's attire - some were so comfortable in their next getup that they joked that they wanted to remain in that attire for the rest of the day!"

When most people think of what defines each generation in relation to the thread binding them together, clothing isn't always the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, it's usually jobs and careers, generation-specific characteristics, upbringings, and cultural influences that both draw together and force apart generations. And it's because of this that Qozop's photographic series is so interesting because it explores so many issues simultaneously: the relationship between the East and West, elder and junior, style and function, and willingness and self-protection.

Some of the Highlights

Altogether, Qozop shot seven pairs of seniors-juniors, and some of them stood out right away:

  • Chinese Mother and Daughter: Both are standing on a beach at water's edge, looking up and shading their eyes from the sun. The mother is outfitted in loose navy cropped pants, blue boater shoes, a boho white blouse, a blue purse, and blue sunglasses. It's a stylish outfit, and complements her daughter's of maroon-and-rose patterned short pants, tan blazer, salmon-colored bowtie, and a black trilby hat. Why it works is because both have chosen timeless pieces that don't hug the body, but rather sit in a flowy, flattering way that can be worn for decades.
  • Chinese Grandfather and Grandson: The elder is dressed in a simple white tank top and black trousers, while his younger counterpart has on a straw Panama hat, primary-colored checked button down, blue-and-black plaid slacks, and leather loafers. The change is startling because now the grandfather looks incredibly stylish and fashion-conscious (but without trying to peel the decades away), while the grandson looks like an impoverished farmhand.
  • Malay Mother and Daughter: The outfits are incredibly simple. The mother has on a brightly-colored-and-striped red dress with a cluster of pink flowers in the middle, while her daughter is wearing a white top, gray cardigan, and straight cut blue jeans. The daughter looks fairly Westernized, while the mother is dressed in a more traditional cultural outfit. But when they swap clothes, the effect is reversed and the daughter looks like she's more aware of her culture, while the mother is the one with both feet firmly in Western culture.
  • Switching outfits is a novel way of exploring what it'd be like to touch on generational roles within and across cultures, and what it means to belong to a certain generation. The photographer Qozop has done that beautifully, putting together a simple series that possesses depth and complexity.