2019 – Are Indian men ready to wear gender neutral fashion?

Before 2015, you heard more about androgenic fashion than gender neutral fashion in India. The androgenous sex expression sits at the very center of a spectrum described as masculine and feminine in contrast to polar. Androgenous costumes were originally depicted as cross dressing where women wore men’s suits on the ramp and men wore women’s sweaters on corporate Fridays. Contrary to the gender-binary notion of “unisex” or “androgeny”, the gender-neutral revolution of fashion in 2015 challenged gender tags associated with a particular style. Gender neutrality has seen gender transcend binary to non-binary recognition. However, are Indian men ready to wear gender neutral fashion?

GENDER Neutral fashion – Trending among Indian men

In predicting Indian fashion trends, the past decade has shown a clear pattern where western trends take about one to three years – to be locally made, and trends to fall on the ramps. All of these jazz may take longer to market, and reach more people. In 2016, Ranbir Singh wore a septum ring and pussy bow blouse on the L’Official cover – the most powerful penis fluid statement yet from a male celebrity in India.

By 2017, the fluidity of sex was hot on Desi Instagram. By 2018, gender neutral statements were ubiquitous on the runway. And against that backdrop of events, I even had the opportunity to discuss my journey towards gender neutral fashion at TEDxChennai.

Indian men are not ready to dress, not yet!

Bamar! Even among women, not every Indian feels comfortable wearing a western silhouette, such as split jeggings or corset gowns. What works in a homogeneous Western culture does not need to work in a diverse Indian society. Gender neutrality is inherent in the masculine DNA of what is otherwise known as kurta pajamas.

Pushkar Waze (thefashionpush)

“When it comes to traditional dress, Indian men and women easily share kurtas, lungi and dhoti. They are bright, comfortable in drop shawls, and even after they are embroidered mozzarella. As a culture, we are accustomed to seeing men wearing pearls and jewelry for weddings. Western men usually move away from a brooch, forgetting a necklace. “- Wendell Rodrigues

The Indian subcontinent has a rich history of silhouettes, jewelry, decorations and makeup that are largely gender neutral. Before the colonial period, most of the dropped silhouettes worn by Indians were of a gender neutral nature. Think dhoti pants, think kaul kurta – wearing headgear, brooches and statement accessories. Shantanu and Nikhil’s men’s clothing. Wendell Rodrigues Lungis. Young Tahiliani Drapes. Kallol Dutt, Antar Agni and Arjun Saluja are just a few more names that immediately come to my mind. The history of gender neutral clothing in India is much richer than in the Western world, and it is crucial on a cultural scale to develop the indigenous elements of gender neutrality.

What will happen to Indian fashion trends instead of just flirting?

Designers who avoid fashion history books and jump straight into trend books are like doctors who have never been to medical school and yet, you can diagnose the symptoms of googleing. The formula so far is – to wrap up aristocratic cultural values ​​with Western influences and you will find what is marketed as fashion in India. The direction of Athlizer Fayasco’s design in Indian fashion was such that not only were the silhouettes borrowed directly from Western trend books, but the interpretations were largely elite. Despite the trend for more than half a decade, the Indian version of the athlete or moderate fashion often overlooks the Real_MVP … the subcontinent’s most popular holiday attire – lungi and nightie! What if mass culture is driven by influencing high fashion trends to question the status quo? That aspect takes you beyond the controlled imagination of the aristocracy. Will raffed clothing become a social norm for Indian men in 2019? Not sure if we’re still there, but an effective way to destroy the gender structure is to reconstruct the underlying gender neutrality of the familiar silhouette.

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