Before the women’s liberation movement, skirts were just what women wore. In post-liberation America, skirts became something that accentuated the female identity rather than just aligning with the identity. With Queen Victoria’s prudishness far in the rearview mirror, hemlines rose and skirts no longer merely accentuated gender, but became a means of summoning attention once …
Historical commentary suggests that it was the fashion industry that first recognized the necessity of a new vocabulary in order to engage the diversifying womenswear market. Women wanted it clear that their aim was not mere emulation of men. The same will be true of unbifurcated menswear. What should the menswear garment be called?
This is a truly unisex backcountry skirt and while propounded for the female consumer, the video casually features males as well and does so without making a big deal of it.
Cristen Conger explains everything.
Men who wear skirts aim to deconstruct sociocultural dogma. Males who desire the comfort of skirts should wear them like the confident males that they are.
The social acceptability of men wearing skirts is by no means a nascent subject, but has has anything really changed since the Industrial Revolution? In 1984, the New York Times ran this piece regarding a Paris fashion show featuring men in skirts that was, according to French designer David Hechter, “the most important thing to happen in fashion in the past 20 years!” Hechter was one of the first designers to break fashion norms previously “when it was scandal for women to wear pants.” Rodney Martin it puts a sharper point on it: “It makes me feel free. It’s a statement by which I can say I am free to do whatever I want. It does cause hostility on the streets, though. Sometimes I keep my coat closed over my skirt so no one will see it. And I do have to sit differently. But it’s not about being a woman.”
Skirts for men and pants for women? Poor translations of Deuteronomy 22:5 lead to errant dogma and foolish sterotypes of sociocultural and religious tropes.
Right now I’m on a train headed to Toronto, writes Travis Martin, and I will be on another train coming back, late tomorrow evening. I’ll be participating in a photoshoot at Ryerson University as part of a research project on men’s fashion. The focus of the study is men of my generation who are using …