Writer: Angela Hryc
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if both genders wore the same style of clothing? Well now, this has become a reality in the world of fashion as certain retailers and fashion designers are slowly introducing unisex and gender neutral fashion to their racks and collections.
Gender neutral fashion was first introduced in 2007 by Canadian fashion designer, Rad Hourani. In 2012, he was the ever first fashion designer to be invited to Paris Fashion Week and present a unisex collection. Hourani’s stylish and adaptive clothing include tunic dresses, trench coats, suit jackets, blazers and cardigans. He also designs unisex accessories including scarves, handbags and backpacks. Hourani’s website, Radhourani.com shows a display all of the unisex collections he has created, as well as having his clothes and accessories availiable to purchase. Since Hourani’s establishment of unisex fashion, famous fashion designers Givenchy, Gucci, Prada, Hermès, and Yves Saint Laurent have also ventured into gender neutral clothing.
Recently over the past several months, we have also seen retail stores and brands from all over the world such as Selfridges and Inter-pret.us introduce unisex and gender neutral fashion to their shop collections. Selfridges, which is based in London, now have a whole section dedicated to gender neutral clothing, which they have named “agenda” clothing. Inter-pret.us are an online unisex clothing store, based in America, that provide and sell versatile clothes to suit both men and women. Some of their clothes include unisex tops, shirts, coats and vests.
Gender neutral fashion is also available in Australia and can found online at Charlieboy.net.au and Perksandmini.com. CharlieBoy is an online retailer based in New South Wales
that sells gender neutral clothing and accessories and encourages ‘freedom in personal style’. They sell t-shirts, shirts, cardigans, bowties, et cetera. CharlieBoy’s clothes are Australian made and designed and inspired by traditional mens clothing. They believe that people should dress the way they want and forget about following the rules of gender codes. Perksandmini (PAM) first opened online in December 2014 and is now in the process of opening a store in Melbourne. PAM produces and sells casual streetwear and accessories with a huge focus on their gender-neutral approach to fashion. Their streetwear clothing includes t-shirts, shirts, pants, jackets, as well as accessories including shoes, bags and hats.
So will unisex and gender neutral clothing be beneficial to our future fashion trends and culture? Or will it just be another ‘fashion phase’? Personally, I think it’s great to see new, versatile designs and styles within the fashion culture. People should feel comfortable wearing any type of clothing, whether they’re male or female. Fashion doesn’t always need to be stereotypically gendered or have a label like ‘menswear’ and ‘womenswear’ or men’s clothing and women’s clothing. Also, if fashion designers are designing unisex clothes that look appropriate and suit both genders, then I don’t see a problem.