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Is ‘no gender’ fashion a real progress?

Is ‘no gender’ fashion a real progress?

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On November 16, 2020, pop-rock singer Harry Styles appeared on the cover of Vogue US magazine. If the effigies of this emblematic newspaper are mostly feminine, it is therefore a man who decides this time to break the codes of the fashion industry. In the photo, the musician is actually wearing a long dress, a symbol of femininity. Is the fashion industry breaking away from gender ?

 

Even if it hadn’t been enforced for a very long time, it was only in 2013 that the law of 1800 prohibiting “the transvestism of women” was repealed. Thus, it has only been seven years since women have been legally allowed to wear pants and suits in France.

 

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Recently, it is men who have taken over the women’s wardrobe. While ruffles, silks and colorful prints were a sign of opulence until the 18th century, all these fantasies fell into disuse during the Industrial Revolution, so that men have since stuck to sober ensembles and neutral cuts, forbidding any form of eccentricity.

 

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