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All the men in skirts and dresses at the 2022 Met Gala proved that clothes can make the man.
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Fashion is a form and play. Thankfully, everyone now has the right to play with all the toys. At a moment of gender panic, it was a delightful reprieve to see male movie stars, professional athletes and couture collectors mark the most important event on the fashion calendar — Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute — in clothing and accessories long reserved for women.
It was also a reminder about what traditionalists themselves deny. What’s a skirt or dress, anyway? Thom Browne, an American designer is well-known for treating the suitLast night, conventionally feminine clothes were approached in a similar manner by Oscar Isaac, who saw them as a blank slate with endless potential for innovation. Take Oscar Isaac, actor who walked the red carpet in a trompe l’oeil midi dress that resembled a tailcoat and white tie, while his wife, Elvira Lind, wore an actual version of the same ensemble. This isn’t the first time that Isaac collaborated with Browne on an outfit that fuses menswear and womenswear: Browne dressed him in a gray pleated skirtThe premiere of “Moon Knight,”The Marvel superhero show.
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Isaac was a different singer than Harry Styles in both looks choosing to wear a frockVogue cover or actor Billy Porter donning ballgowns for the Oscars. Isaac wears dresses and skirts in a way which challenges the assumption of such garments being feminine.
Pro basketball player Russell Westbrook did the same thing in a pleated Thom Browne skirt and top hat — and so did Christine Baranski, channelingHer society dowager character is not so important. “The Gilded Age”as the railway magnate and robber baron who lives across from you. The skirts on these outfits weren’t flowing or fanciful but edifices supporting the rest of the ensembles — and showcasing the personalities of the stars who wore them.
Browne wasn’t the only designer playing with these ideas. Other men sported corsets, bustles, barrettes, delicate embroidery and flowing capes that played tribute to the late Vogue magazine editor-at-large André Leon Talley. Paapa Essiedu was a British Shakespearean and television actor who wore a velvet suit with Veert delicate jewelry. Julia LangThat company was founded by, has suggestedThat “an undeniable longing for tastefulness and positive self-expression”Can unite people across identity categories that otherwise would define them.
Such excellent taste probably isn’t what conservatives who have gone to war with what they call “gender ideology”They are thinking. They are thinking about the future. like Swedish fashionista Fredrik Robertsson in an Iris Van HerpenHe wore a dress that made him seem less like a woman or a man than a being of another galaxy.
Most people won’t ever have the chance to see the Met Gala’s display of clothes. However, everyone can approach clothes with the same joy and curiosity if they wish. Moments such the Met Gala demonstrate how little rigid gender norms can offer people who are interested and passionate about beauty, style, self-expression.
Yes, there are many men who look great in traditional tuxedos. Ryan Reynolds, for instance, was a good example. Blake Lively’s gorgeous tribute to the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. To limit men to black and white, and to traditional formalwear in conservative cuts, is to deny them joy and curiosity.
“Life just feels so much better if you wear a @maisonvalentino dress made out of sequins and rainbow colored feathers — you should try it,” Robertsson wrote on Instagram in April. It seems that men are more willing to listen to that advice.
After all, when feminine accessories make it to the NFL draft, something’s really in the air.
Garrett Wilson, an Ohio State wide receiver, was selected by the New York Jets as the 10th pick in the last month’s draft. made a statement in a triple strand of pearlsA slim, double-breasted and color-blocked Prada suit. With a few tweaks and substitutions — say, swapping his chunky boots for a pair of heels — the ensemble would have looked right at home on Nancy Pelosi.
Just as the men in Thom Browne skirts and dresses did at the Met Gala, Wilson’s choice of outfit made a careful observer reconsider our tired assumptions. Who wouldn’t want to marry precision and playfulness on one of the biggest days of their career?
It’s easy, if lazy, to write off events such as the Met Gala and the NFL draft as distractions from What Truly Matters. But fancifulness, too, has its purpose even in a time this grim: It’s a reminder of what can be, if only we dare to reach out and take it off the rack.