The metrosexual style (metropolitan/heterosexual) that arose in the 90’s, brought up a whole new concept of male fashion freedom. Which has, in the course of time, become too common to be interesting for the fashion ground-breaking creatives.
The natural next step happened recently, with mixsexual models hitting the front scene of fashion shows and magazines. When Vivienne Westwood was presenting her fall/winter 2011-12 collection putting boys in lipstick on to the catwalk, Jean Paul Gaulthier had the same transsexual model parade on the menswear catwalk and a week later, to close the couture’s show as the collection’s bride.
“Jean Paul Gaultier mixed his gender messages still further, dressing bearded male models in fishnet tights and shorts – as well as floor-length skirts – alongside über-masculine, gun-carrying men in James Bond-inspired tuxedos”, it reads in VOGUE article about JPG’s menswear collection.
The same model, Andrej Pejic, posed with Karolina Kurkova in the ad campaign, in a tribute to androgenous looks.
This new fashion phenomenon is also proudly showcased on the covers of the magazines.
And celebrities join the movement, flirting with “the other side”, cross-dressing for fashion publications. As here below, action film star James Franco, photographed dressed as a woman for the cover of Candy magazine, in the same month that he appeared on the cover of US GQ, December 2010. Mr. Franco, shot by Terry Richardson, vamps in trowel-applied makeup, heavy jewelry and a woman’s dominatrix-style power suit.
Even if it may look a little creepy sometimes, remodeling testosterone and oestrogen to confuse the pursuit of identity and to mix messages gives way to a real fascination and brings another dimension to the art of fashion…