The beginning of unisex clothing can be attributed to 1968, when designers such as Pierre Cardin, Andre Courreges, and Paco Rabanne incorporated sleek and simple garments along with graphics without any gender associations in their runway collections. However, within a year there was no trace of any unisex garments in the market. Decades later, this trend has made a comeback and it is safe to say that this time, unisex clothing is here to stay.
The previous generations, such as the boomers and generation x have a different memory and understanding of clothes that are accessible by all, irrespective of their gender. Recently, designers such as JW Anderson, Rick Owens and Rad Hourani have advocated non binary apparel, while a heap of smaller organisations run by young and upcoming designers, for example, Rich Mnisi, are pushing that men and women's garments ought to be without any classifications. This methodology has likewise sifted down to the high road as H&M and Zara have both accommodated non binary ranges in their stores. While androgynous design (style that consolidates both masculine and feminine qualities) caused a stir several years prior, presently making it seem as though a model for an a lot more liberated future is the domain of the sexually unbiased/liquid/genderless style.
Gender fluid style is still seen as a trend in India, and proliferated by for the most part the LGBTQ+ community, particularly gender non-confirming individuals. Despite the fact that India is making up for lost time gradually, as the recent Lakme Fashion Week runway shows curated a gender-bender segment exhibiting four designers that create androgynous and gender fluid collections only.
At the end of the day, most people use fashion as a way to express themselves. For a few designers, the decision to make unisex or non binary garments began from questioning their own gender and sexuality. Will we ever have malls and shopping stores without men’s and women’s sections? We will know only when the times comes! Till then, let us build a future together and make it a safe place for everyone to be able to express themselves with the help of fashion and art. Creativity has no boundaries!
Editorial Team, 6Degree.Store