Is the Future of Fashion Gender - Neutral?
The final shortlist of the LVMH Prize for young fashion designers is out, making for the most diverse group since the founding of the prize six years ago. The shortlist also highlights gender-neutral collections with four designers presenting creations that can be worn by both women and men.
Bernard Rudolfsky, who raised the question “Are clothes modern?” with his 1944 exhibition at MoMA, envisioned a world of universal clothing. You could travel to your friend’s house and they would have clothes for you, because clothing wouldn’t be individual to the body. It wouldn’t signal status, or gender either.
We, of course, do not live in a world like that, nor going in that direction, except, for maybe gender-neutral clothing. LVMH Prize recent finalists announcement is another signal of a trend on a rise. The eight finalists include designers representing Japan, the UK, the U.S., and for the first time Israel, Nigeria and South Africa, four of them will showcase gender-neutral fashion. Maria Grazia Chiuri, Kris Van Assche, Marc Jacobs, Humberto Leon and other members of this year’s Jury, will make the announcement of the winners of the Prize this June. Stay tuned!
Maria Grazia Chiuri、Kris Van Assche、Marc Jacobs、Humberto Leon和今年评委团的其他成员将在今年六月宣布获奖者。敬请关注！