dapperQ has showcased brands that are designing masculine attire specifically for masculine presenting women, gender-queers, and trans-identified individuals in our runway shows, store guides, and interviews. But, in recent years, we’ve seen a growing number of mainstream designers and stores add gender-neutral clothing options in response to society’s changing views about gender identity and gender expression. Selfridges, London’s iconic department store, is set to stock three floors of “unisex” clothing and do away with their separate “men’s” and “women’s” departments. On the heels of this, more mainstream designers are adding gender-neutral pieces to their Fall 2015 collections. At Milan’s men’s fashion week, Vivienne Westwood featured female-identified model Elliot Sailors in the menswear runway lineup. Sailors demonstrated the versatility of some of the pieces, which can be styled feminine, masculine, and anything in between or outside of:
During New York Fashion Week, Public School also debut some gender-neutral pieces in their Fall 2015 collection. According to Style.com, Public School “didn’t want to create a girlfriend for the Public School boy. The two are more likely to share clothes than to share a bed.”
Telfar Clemens featured male and female models in deconstructed cashmere mini-dresses with matching leg-warmers at their New York Fashion Week show. The collection also included some gender-neutral pant ensembles.
It’s a small step in the right direction. But, there’s still much more to go, especially with respect to including more diversity of age and size. Looking forward to what’s in store at upcoming fashion weeks across the globe.