Gender Culture

Baker(2015) posted in her BBC News that we have seen ‘boyfriend dressing’ before – outsized, mannish jeans, sweaters, jackets and coats worn by women that are seemingly purloined from their male partner’s wardrobes. But now the moment of ‘girlfriend dressing’ has arrived too – at least in the rarefied circles of the fashion world. In addition for the devotedly fashion-conscious man, it is currently all about feminisation.

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 When and why has androgyny seeped into the mainstream?

Looking back at 1920s, according to Cullen, it was a particularly defining moment. Moreovr she said ‘The look for women was very gender neutral with underwear designed to flatten breasts and a tubular silhouette, with hair bobbed short.’ , and the timing was no accident. In addition, functional trousers, brogues and boyish knitwear are all became popular garb for the British Land Girls during the World War Two.

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Meadham Kirchhoff’s 2015 spring/summer collection at London Fashion Week

Reference:

Baker, L. (2015). His or hers: Will androgynous fashion catch on?. [online] Bbc.com. Available at: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150331-womens-clothes-for-men [Accessed 15 Dec. 2016].

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