Moments of the Year: 7. Agender Fashion

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 23:  A model walks the runway during the Gucci fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week  Spring/Summer 2016 on September 23, 2015 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
Gucci Spring 2016 | MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 23 (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)

Androgynous and unisex fashion are concepts probably as old as clothing itself, but 2015 was the year when ‘genderless’ dressing was embraced by high fashion’s high profile. Most notable was the new era at Gucci, ushered in by head designer Alessandro Michele, where his debut S/S ’15 menswear collection for the brand demonstrated a man much more whimsical, gentle, and ambiguous than the glitter rock gods of collections past. Michele, of course, isn’t the first or the only contemporary designer to question the guidelines of gendered attire, as Yohji Yamamoto, Rick Owens, Comme des Garçons, Ann Demeulemeester, and Rad Hourani have long been champions of challenging preconceived notions of masculinity and femininity, and Prada and Jil Sander have never shied away from the asexual. This year, however, the agender agenda refused to be dismissed as only a fashion statement or aesthetic choice, and has instead become part of a larger social and philosophical conversation.

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01:  A model walks the runway during the Rick Owens show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 on October 1, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Francois G. Durand/WireImage)
Rick Owens Spring 2016 | PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 01 (Photo by Francois G. Durand/WireImage)

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 09:  A model walks the runway during the Rad Hourani show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at the residence of the Canadian Ambassador to France on July 9, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
Rad Hourani Couture Fall 2014/15 | PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 09 (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

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