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How Did Gender-Fluid Fashion Make its Way into the Mainstream?

One of the most important roles that fashion plays in society is in fostering broader social change, and this is especially true for gender-fluid fashion. The social-construct breaking movement, which began as a reaction to the rigid gender stereotyping that peaked in the 1950s, has repeatedly mirrored a wider discussion about gender norms. Whether it's Jaden Smith wearing an embroidered skirt for Louis Vuitton or Gaurav Gupta showcasing gender-fluidity at ICW 2020, there's no doubt that gender-fluid fashion has made a comeback.


These changes, however, did not appear out of nowhere; they have been years in the making. That’s why at Kontroversial we believe that everyone sees the world differently, and you have the right to break the mould, live your life your way, and be who you want to be. We think it is important to have an open and honest conversation about topics that not only affect the fashion industry but the world. So what does gender-fluid actually mean?


What is Gender-Fluid?

A fluid person, also known as a gender-fluid person, is one whose gender identity (the gender with which they most identify) is not fixed. It can shift over time or day to day. Fluid is a type of gender identity or expression, not a sexual orientation. Fluid refers to how a person internally identifies and presents themselves to the world. gender-fluid people may identify as a male one day, female the next, both male and female, or neither. It influences their gender expression, or how they present themselves to society (masculine, feminine, both, or neither).


What is the Difference between Gender-Fluid and Gender Neutral?

gender-fluidity is often confused with gender neutrality. gender-fluidity denotes a person's openness to the concepts of gender identity and gender expression. They can be of a single gender, multiple genders, or none at all. Gender-neutral refers to people of any gender. Gender-neutral does not define sexual orientations or gender identities, as the name implies.


What is Gender-Fluid Fashion?

Gender-fluid clothing has no official definition in the fashion industry — its purpose is easier to explain. Gender-fluid fashion, in principle, is not constrained by the traditional "menswear" and "womenswear" binary. Instead, the concept is that any particular outfit disregards the relationship between pants and men, skirts and women, and so on. This being said it could be suggested that any brand or item of clothing could be gender-fluid if the wearer chooses it to be. 


The History of Gender-Fluid Fashion

The music industry blurred gender lines in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This may appear to be a case of singers making personal choices, but keep in mind that this was a decision that millions of fans and followers around the world supported, and androgynous fashion became widely adopted by celebrities and fans worldwide. Consider Jimi Hendrix's iconic silk, peasant blouses, and high heels, as well as David Bowie's outfits, particularly his Ziggy Stardust persona, which reflected his sexual ambiguity.


While the mid-1970s wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg, with its demure length, slit skirt, and deep V-neck that made it ideal for the office or a party marked the end of the unisex era, the gender boundaries in fashion were once more blurred in the 1990s. With the rise of hip-hop music and clothing. By the mid-to-late '90s, hip-hop apparel had simplified from the idea and show-off years. Low-rise, baggy jeans, baseball hats, combat boots, and bomber jackets took the place of suits. The Wu-Tang Clan, Missy Elliot, and others made this style mainstream. You can learn more about the history of hip-hop clothing here.


Gender-Fluid Fashion Now 

In more recent times, androgynous and gender-neutral clothing has made a strong comeback. The social-construct-breaking fashion concept was revived in 2015 when Rad Hourani presented a unisex haute couture collection for NYFW Spring/Summer 2015. The gender-fluidity on display is evident once more, from Gucci's Spring/Summer 2016 collection at Milan Men's Fashion Week, which had male models wearing pussy bows and typically feminine designs, to Billie Porter wearing a Christian Siriano ball gown at the 2019 Oscars.


The main line to take away is to wear anything you choose, regardless of which gender you identify with (or don't). Rock it.


At Kontroversial our clothing is designed in the streets, for the streets. We design pieces that don’t need to be justified by society and can be worn however you find it best to express yourself. So, whether you are inspired by 90s hip hop or want to explore the gender-neutral fashion world, we have something for you. F≠CK the rules and follow us on Instagram for inspiration or see our range here




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