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Getting beyond the fear of queer: The transition from gender-specific fashion to inclusive style

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The transition of a simple T-shirt from a constituent piece of military uniform to cultural icon is well documented, but the impacts of this shift of male fashion and the societal role of men are not as well researched. This article explores the role of gender as it relates to fashion and broadly examines a cultural snapshot of the changing landscape of men’s fashion at the end of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first centuries. Along with this exploration is a guide map of the shifting landscape, what these shifts portend, and the social and cultural changes that are being mirrored by the way men engage or do not engage in clothing and fashion.
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Keywords: gay culture; gender-specific garments; homophobia; mainstream perceptions; popular culture; retail experience

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: State University of New York

Publication date: March 1, 2016

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  • Critical Studies in Men's Fashion examines the multi-faceted dimensions of men's appearance. It uses the holistic definition of dress as a means of examining the tangible and intangible aspects of creating and maintaining appearance. This journal is the first to exclusively focus on men's dress and topics of gender, identity, sexuality, culture, marketing and business will be discussed. Men's dress and fashion have been side-lined in scholarship, and this journal provides a dedicated space for the discussion, analysis, and theoretical development of men's appearance from multiple disciplines. All articles are blind-peer reviewed in order to maintain the highest standards of scholastic integrity. Theoretical and empirical scholarship in the form of original articles, manuscripts, research reports, pedagogy, and media reviews are welcome.
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