From 90’s pop stars to the rappers of today, the skirt has become a hot but controversial garment.
Photographed by Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, December 2020
Gender bending fashion has been around for quite some time, but the concept of men being able to express themselves openly through fashion is still controversial. The issue of toxic masculinity has loomed over men and their choice of clothing for too long.
One of the most popular, but disputed, garments worn by men today is the SKIRT. For years now, some male celebrities have pushed social boundaries by appearing in public in skirts. These actions have brought about the question:
“Are men emasculated by wearing typically feminine clothing?”
To answer that question let's take a quick look at some famous men who have pioneered the gender bending skirt style.
Most notably in the 90s, people such as David Beckham, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jean Paul Gaultier paved the way for genderless fashion. Jean Paul Gaultier was one the first designers to create a collection of skirts for men, to put genderless clothing in question. The “daring” choices made by these men at the time were considered shocking or disturbing by the press, but redefined the male stereotype.
Fast-forward to today and men are still facing the issue of “toxic masculinity.” Though today's representation of the skirt has been taken on by people with a much larger following, and has opened the eyes of those who may have condemned it in the past.
Jaden Smith is the first that comes to mind when thinking of someone that tests the social norms of clothing. He has been photographed in everything from a skirt in a Louis Vuitton ad to dresse