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Skirting the Issue for Fall 2012


Designers want men to wear skirts—but will guys ever do it?

The showing of men in skirts is by no means a shocking image during the European fashion shows. Today, both Givenchy and Comme des Garcons sent (male) models out wearing the typically feminine garment. Almost every high-minded designer has at one time or another flirted with breaking down the barriers of gender dressing. When Yvest Saint Laurent first showed women donning men's tailoring in the late-1960s, it was the scandal of France. But over time, the culture acclimated and today women are free to roam the streets looking like Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. But will men ever really wear dresses? Despite a slew of supporters--from Jean Paul Gaultier's playful take to Rick Owens's gothic turn--the skirt can't seem to escape it's womanly, emasculating undertones in the Western world. Even with the acceptance of the Scottish kilt, no one can seem to wrap their mind around a man wearing a skirt, save for a few more eccentric blokes (Marc Jacobs, we're looking at you). What do you think? Would you ever wear a skirt? Will men every embrace the man-dress?
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