Monday, April 19News For London

Genderless fashion goes mainstream

US Vogue recently released their December 2020 issue, featuring British singer Harry Styles who wore a lace-trimmed Gucci ball-gown dressed with a tuxedo jacket.

Styles brought this genderless fashion to the public, encouraging others to not feel restricted to the clothes by their assigned gender.

Harry Styles in US Vogue. Photo credited by Tyler Mitchell

Dominic-Afsheen Akhavan-Moossavi, who is one of the educators in UK to run a genderless fashion course told Women’s Wear Daily – a fashion industry trade journal which is also known as WWD: “I do think genderless fashion is becoming mainstream, or at least it’s being more widely discussed and shifting into the mainstream consciousness.”

Photo credited by Leto Chen

Leto Chen – a graduate of Menswear Fashion at London College of Fashion, and the founder of the genderless clothing brand RRleam said: “As a menswear designer, the initial intention to design genderless cloths was that any kind of cloths should exist and not be limited by the social restraints previously put upon them. Cloths should be designed beyond gender binary.”

Chen said in his future menswear design, he will add lace-trimmed, cut-out back, dart and furbelow which are considered as feminine elements by public into it. It provides more choice for people to buy clothes that match themselves and encourages people to express themselves without the fear of judgement.

Eric Marechalle – chief executive officer of Marc Jacobs, said that the Heaven – “polysexual” capsule collection launched by the brand in September – was meant to reach a new audience that has put less emphases on traditional gender roles and looking more toward authenticity.

Marechalle said Marc Jacobs has been considered that clothing itself is not inherently gendered, rather society norms have previously determined certain clothing are for certain people.

Heaven capsule. Photo credited by Marc Jacobs

“Fashion has no boundaries, whether it is gender, age or class.”

Caroline, student in FUDAN UNIVERSITY

Yixin Zhou, the first-year student in Fashon Design at University Westminster said: “I believe that genderless is the trend of future fashion as the society is more inclusive nowadays even two people with opposite sex is not the only way to form a family, same sex can do it as well. People are more comfortable expressing themselves through clothing and enjoying blurring gender boundary.”

Zhou explained that she chose a genderless theme in her recent project about shirts design because she thinks the purpose of fashion is for self-expression and a force for liberation.

Susan, a postgraduate student in Royal College student said that there are so many designers making genderless cloths and they are looking for a balance in order to make the public accept that males can wear feminine clothes and females can also wear masculine clothes.

Caroline, a student of Fudan University, added: “I think clothing itself should be independent of gender. The inspiration for my Pose series of clothes is genderless. The main point of this series is to express that fashion has no boundaries, whether it is gender, age or class.”

“Everyone in the world is free, as well as their choice of clothing. Gender should not be used to put the restraint on them.” Caroline said.