Thanks to celebrities and their heavy influences, we’ve seen a lot of people start to—unapologetically—embrace genderless fashion as their essence of style.
Notable female celebrities like Zendaya, Blake Lively, and Tessa Thompson have created headlines for wearing tuxedos on the red carpet as a nod to masculinity. Men adopting inspiration from womenswear, on the other hand, is less noticeable but increasingly becoming just as popular. While Harry Styles is the first male to appear on the cover of Vogue, he wasn’t the first Hollywood male to actually don a dress.
From Prince and his jaw-dropping stage costumes to Billy Porter and his otherworldly red carpet appearances—we’ve gathered a list of male stars that are breaking down glass ceilings in fashion and serving as role models for the future.
Prince was known for wearing bright and daring costumes. In 1984, he wore a pink floral onesie with fishnet sleeves to mark his birthday and the debut of his album, Purple Rain.
David Bowie had various distinct styles, the most recognised of which being his Ziggy Stardust appearance. With his flamboyant jumpsuits and colourful on-stage costumes, vivid hair, and a lightning bolt on his face, it’s difficult to deny Bowie’s influence on the 1970s and 1980s fashion scene.
Sir Elton John is a living legend. With his collection of colourful, larger-than-life costumes, one may have a field day. One of the most unforgettable moments was when he performed in a gown in front of thousands of people.
Most identify RuPaul Charles for his spectacular drag costumes, but the presenter and entertainer never fails to stun. Even when not in drag, RuPaul plays the fashion industry thoroughly, showering us with bright jackets and outrageously colourful outfits.
Billy Porter is never one to stray away from a daring fashion scene, whether it’s stunning dresses bursting with tulle or unique designed red carpet ensembles, Billy always comes to slay.
Harry Styles has grown into a staunch defender of the genderless fashion trend, wearing gowns, make-up, and jewellery on many occasions. The singer said, “What’s feminine and what’s masculine, what guys wear and what women wear—there’s no lines anymore.
Ezra Miller’s taste in fashion was once described as “outrages.” However, the actor is now getting praised for his bizarre and fantastic costumes, which break sartorial rules and advocate for gender-neutral wearing.
After Sam Smith came out as non-binary, the singer began to experiment with gender notions in their personal style, particularly on the red carpet. They included delicate and deliberate jewellery pieces into each ensemble, often matching them with high-heeled shoes and fancy purses.
Lil Nas X
Although never intending to come out, the “Old Town Road” singer has been a source of esteem and enthusiasm since becoming an unforeseen hit. The Grammy winner isn’t hesitant to break the mould, from his bright, unique clothes to his daring music videos.
Marc Jacobs’ appearance in a pink dress at his Louis Vuitton show in 2012 was an obvious pivotal event. “I truly feel that art transforms the landscape of the world,” as explained by the designer. He then started to incorporate long skirts and heels into his styling.