The guide to unisex dressing
Gender. Some are defined by it, others deem it irrelevant. Over the last few years fashion has documented the decades struggle with dressing men and women.
As a fashion writer I am fascinated by the catwalks ability to show us where we are at politically, economically, racially and sexually at any given eon. While writing my first book, A Girl’s Guide to Vintage in 2010, it became clear how much clothing can capture all political movements interwoven in its threads .
You’d be forgiving for thinking gender issues are the buzz word of our time. Truth be told we have always struggled with the individuals want to project themselves to the outside world via clothing - long before Caitlin Jenner graced the cover of Vanity Fair.
From Shakespeare's Twelfth Night to Katherine Hepburn making suiting her signature attire in the 1930s, what we wear says so much more about who we are than some give it credit for.
While creating the cashmere capsule I was struck by the concept of genderless dressing. After all, a jumper is a jumper, anyone can wear it. I liked the idea of the garment being swapped by lovers, siblings and friends. It fed into my slow fashion ethos of keeping a piece for a long time knowing it could be worn by one person.
For me, unisex clothing isn't a gimmick. It's simply sensible design in the most luxurious of fabrics, wore by individuals who appreciate great quality production and materials. I think that appeals to everyone regardless of what you are carrying between your thighs...
images by Julie Howden
female model, Ruth MacGilp blogger at urbanity
male model, Paul Keenan blogger at The Keenan One