Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Gender Benders

     It may sound like an overstatement to some to say that something like fashion has brought us a long way in society but I think that it is much harder to negate this claim than one would think. The fashion industry has been glamorizing androgyny and agender fashion for decades now, making it both more “acceptable” and coveted in mainstream society. This movement has allowed anyone who may not identify solely with one gender to freely express themselves through style, and to do so comfortably.

     Yet another societal norm has been thrown out the window, with the Fall ’15 campaign by the gloriously praised fashion house, Acne Studios. Creative director of Acne, Jonny Johanssen, decided to cast his 12 year old son, Frasse, as the face for his fall ad campaign. This information alone sounds far from groundbreaking, but when you add in the fact that his son is modeling clothing from the women’s collection (heels included), people start to talk. 

     These photos, taken by Vivianne Sassen, serve to provoke question about what are considered “normal” items clothing for a man or woman to wear, and to drive focus to the actual construction of the garment.

     "I've seen this new generation's attitude to fashion where the cut, the shape and the character of the garment is the crucial thing, rather then seeking approval from society or to follow set norms,” stated Jonny Johanssen in Women's Wear Daily

At the end of the day that's what it should all be about, the essence of the garment and the functional purpose it serves in every day life. 

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