Fashion, as dictated by the fashion capitals, has mined countless masculine archetypes to produce garments that purposely highlight virility, strength and power of men.
Of course, there are some designers who would oppose that and offer an alternative.
In her fascination about 'the fragility and vulnerability of men', Miuccia Prada proposed some delicate and awkward looks for her Fall/Winter 08 men's collection. There were some variations of tutu's, underwear straps peeking out of pants, back buttoning and bibs (bra?!) for Billy Elliott wannabe's.
Next year comes Rei Kawakubo's 'savage priests' with several permutations of the skirt from school-girl pleats as worn by Cole Mohr...
to almost bohemian looking (ay parang marami nyan sa Night Market)...
to full on long skirt with flaps.
Skirts are conventionally for females in North America and much of Europe although skirts have been part of Scottish men's traditional garb. Marc's grungy, punky version comes to mind.
Of course, fashion's fascination seems to be about counter culture: "to transgress conventional moral and social codes, to redefine the ideal of masculinity, and to inject novelty into male fashion." (Bravehearts: Men in Skirts)
There's really no link between the item of clothing and the masculinity or femininity of the wearer. It proved succesful in women where it's normal to see men-inspired clothes being designed for them. There's even the popular 'boyfriend' jeans. So why then there's so much resistance on the part of men?
I don't think Marc is less masculine in the picture. He even looks thuggish to me (Seen here wearing another skirt to close his succesful s/s09 womenswear show.)
Now Marc, a fashion designer working in a non-rigid place, could get away wearing one but I wonder if, say, a banker or a doctor? Does it make them less reliable?
I don't know ha. Because when we see someone wearing a traditional garb it becomes de facto acceptable. I mean technically priests wear dresses. There's conditioning at play here, right? We don't laugh at a Scot wearing a kilt or a Cambodian monk in flowing robes. We readily accept.
What do you think?
For now male skirt wearing remained firmly linked with ideas of effeminacy. I guess, for now it's for those who are secure with their masculinity; still remaining a novelty left for guys, bored stiff with the usual pants, perfect for harmless shock tactics. Let the staring begin!
Me in a Yohji Yamamoto skirt a few years ago.