Abstract

I started with the inspiration of fairytales and the gender stereotypes that they encourage. I also wanted to look at the current “trend” of gender fluidity in fashion: is it just a trend or a social movement that can continue to the benefit of the non-binary community? After researching various online pleas and talking to members of the LGBTQIA community, I’ve noticed several concerns related to design and functionality. I also looked at gender-neutral fashion companies and noticed a disheartening trend: most of these “progressive” lines were manufacturing shapeless, muted garments that closely resembled oversized menswear. Women have been dressing like men for years, but want about the other way around? Inspired by the gender roles instilled on us as children and the growing trend of gender-neutral fashion, I wanted to create a collection that celebrates the amount of choice we have in expressing ourselves as individuals. Using historic details and a soft color palette, I wanted to create clothing designed for bodies that are feminine, masculine, and everything in between.

Modified Abstract

“Who’s the Fairest?” is a gender neutral collection inspired by the gender roles instilled on us as children through mediums like fairytales. In the classic stories, the prince is always strong and brave, and the princess meek and quiet. After researching various online pleas and talking to members of the LGBTQIA community, I’ve noticed several concerns related to design and functionality. I also looked at gender-neutral fashion companies and noticed a disheartening trend: most of these “progressive” lines were manufacturing shapeless, muted garments that closely resembled oversized menswear. Therefore, I used historic details and a soft color palette to design a collection for bodies that are masculine, feminine, and anywhere in-between.

Research Category

Art/Fashion

Author Information

Madison BoothFollow

Primary Author's Major

Fashion Design

Mentor #1 Information

Mrs. Linda Ohrn

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

21-3-2017 1:00 PM

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Research Area

Fashion Design | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Mar 21st, 1:00 PM

Who's The Fairest: A Study on Gender in Fashion

I started with the inspiration of fairytales and the gender stereotypes that they encourage. I also wanted to look at the current “trend” of gender fluidity in fashion: is it just a trend or a social movement that can continue to the benefit of the non-binary community? After researching various online pleas and talking to members of the LGBTQIA community, I’ve noticed several concerns related to design and functionality. I also looked at gender-neutral fashion companies and noticed a disheartening trend: most of these “progressive” lines were manufacturing shapeless, muted garments that closely resembled oversized menswear. Women have been dressing like men for years, but want about the other way around? Inspired by the gender roles instilled on us as children and the growing trend of gender-neutral fashion, I wanted to create a collection that celebrates the amount of choice we have in expressing ourselves as individuals. Using historic details and a soft color palette, I wanted to create clothing designed for bodies that are feminine, masculine, and everything in between.