A Is For Androgyny
Posted on Jan 15, 2016 by The Fringe Salon
On the day after the passing of music legend David Bowie it seems only appropriate to give a nod to the fashion trend that he was an early adopter of. Many people would even go on to say that it blazed the trail for gender bending artists, in today's music scene, such as Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga.
Many times over the years, I have seen the trend of androgyny come back into main stream fashion. Take for example, the spring 2011 Marc Jacobs campaign featuring transgender model Andreja Pejic photographed as both male and female. Andrea also played a young Bowie in his "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" video.
For some of us, the trend of mixing masculine and feminine never really disappeared, often being used as a tool to set oneself apart, think of Grace Jones or Tilda Swinton. Redefining gender norms is depicted beautifully in a cover shot and photo story of Cate Blanchett in the November issue of W magazine, as well as Vivienne Westwood's fall "unisex" collection that debuted at Paris fashion week this season.
Articles such as Oyster Colored Velvet's "Get The Look: Spring 2016 Makeup for Men" continue to pop up on the Internet. In today's more gender fluid climate, what may have once been considered "his" or "hers" plays a smaller role to influence art, music and fashion.
Although Bowie's character Ziggy Stardust was connected to his love for Kabuki and Pantomime theatre, the gender transgression of Ziggy and many of his other personas have forever altered the way we view fashion. I am sure that it will continue to lend itself as an inspiration for this season’s fashion and future androgynous collections to come.