Nobody can define us. The post-gender revolution has begun

BY SAMIRA LAROUCI


In recent years, thanks to the contribution of the fashion industry, many cultural battles have been won


If millennials have been the forerunners of a seismic change in the concept of diversity, then Generation Z can be considered the infantry of the so-called "gender revolution". With the emergence and emergence of brands such as Telfar , JW Anderson , Eckhaus Latta and Charles Jeffrey - each of which intentionally blurred the boundaries between what is considered male and female -, all signage had to be redone from scratch on gender distinction, both in fashion design and in casting.


Written inside a papier-mâché mask of the Hermaphrodite, the invitation to the Gucci FW 2019/20 fashion show declared: «The ancient world sang the wonders of being between the two sexes. Today it is one of the most difficult masks to wear, but being a hybrid is a blessing ». The message sounded loud and clear. It was not only a testament to Alexander Michael 's constant attention to gender fluency and acceptance, but also confirmed his understanding of Generation Z's mentality.


A study conducted by the Pew Research Center stated that 34% of Gen Z (those who were born between 1997 and 2012) personally know someone who uses neutral pronouns like "them". While 38% say they "strongly agree" that gender no longer defines a person.



"Clematithurium Orchidaceae, Hybrid No. 19" (2018), an oil on canvas by the American artist Brandy Kraft.Born in 1984, she currently lives in Stockholm where she paints imaginary flowers


With the non-binary transgender star Indya Moore chosen as the face of Louis Vuitton's pre-fall 2019 campaign , with Noah Carlos, the nineteen year old Filipino non-binary model of Margiela who signed with the IMG agency, and the seventeen year old Finn Buchanan became the first openly trans model to parade for Celine , we are rapidly approaching the next phase of the representation of gender fluidity: normalization.


According to The Fashion Spot , spring 2019 marked the season with the greatest diversity ever. Out of a total of 52 catwalks, a historic maximum of 91 models who declared themselves openly transgender or non-binary (83 trans women, 8 non-binary) were paraded.


The fashion industry functions as a powerful prism that reflects the changing attitudes of the next generation towards gender binarity. To put it simply, the "cis-gender" concept founded on the opposition of male men and female women who parade along a catwalk, in clothes traditionally assigned to their gender, seems obsolete.


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Read the full article in the May issue of Vogue Italia (on newsstands from May 5)

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