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Gender-Bending Fashion Through the Years
See ya in Boston.
News 03 Apr 2019

At the Boston MFA, there’s a whole century of haute couture and ready-to-wear that challenges binary definitions of dress.
Over 60 designs are on view, highlighting celebs and their androgynous style, from David Bowie to Tilda Swinton and Janelle Monáe – the blue ruffled dress by Alessandro Trincone, worn by rapper Young Thug on his 2016 album “No, My Name is Jeffery,” is also on view.
Alessandro Trincone, "Annodami" Alessandro Trincone (Italian, born in 1991) Italian, Spring/Summer 2017 *Photograph by Gioconda & August *Model: Andrea Antonelli *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Janelle Monáe in a Christian Siriano red evening suit, shirt and accessories at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party *Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The curator Michelle Finamore explains her decision to include the works of Monáe: “She was always on the top of my list as someone who spoke to millennials. What these young folks are doing with disrupting the gender binary, I was taken by her tuxedos.
It wasn’t masculine or feminine. She was mixing it up in a fantastic and novel way. Her approach to approach fashion is really indicative of what the young talents wear things now.”
Smoking Amy: Marlene Dietrich making her Hollywood film debut as the tuxedo clad Amy Jolly in the film 'Morocco' 1930 Photograph *Photo by Eugene Robert Richee/John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
One Woman Show ‑ Look 32 Designed for: Viktor and Rolf ((Dutch, founded in 1993)) Designed by: Viktor Horsting ((Dutch, born in 1969)) Designed by: Rolf Snoeren ((Dutch, born in 1969)) Dutch, Autumn/Winter 2003‑4 Satin *Viktor & Rolf A/W 2003, One Woman Show, Look 32 *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
We’ll see you there.

Text by Nadja Sayej
Images courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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