Fashion and gender roles

Fashion and gender roles

It has been evolving a couple of decades, but genderless designs still have a long way to go. Although the line between men’s and women’s clothes are blurring it is still not fully accepted. The gender roles that have been put on people mainly originate from societal standards and the fashion industry. Although it may seem a current move, gender fluidity began its path a long time ago.

It may all have begun with Chanel. She was inspired by men’s wear and liberated women from constrictive clothing by creating among others the pants for them. After that, other memorable women like Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich expressed openly that their gender did not control who they were. Examples are Marlene Dietrich wearing a bow tie and top hat and Hepburn walking around in her underwear on set. After the 50’s mothers and housewives vibe, Yves Saint Laurent embraced the more masculine role women were embracing in the 60’s by giving them the first tuxedo for women. Of course the late 60 ’s was for men to break free. The Peacock revolution with rock legends set the stage for men to grow long hair and steal eyeliner from their mothers. At the time Katharine Hepburn said: “If these rock legends confirmed anything, it was that there was a revolution on our hands.” In the 80’s Prince and Grace Jones continued to set the bar and in the 90’s grunge was the most common reason for man and women to explore the other gender.

Now brands like Louis Vuitton in 2016, recognize the growing gender fluidity and launched a campaign starring Jaden Smith modeling traditional women’s clothing. Also, artists still keep their game strong. Like Jaden Smith, Harry Styles uses his position as an

Written by Claire Boerma


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