Next time someone tells you fashion designers are all gay men, tell them this…

13/10/2014 § Leave a comment

Detractors of fashion frequently suggest that fashion is all about gay male fashion designers who, because they’re gay, hate women, and design clothes for women who look like little boys. This idea was first put forward by Edmund Bergler in his book Fashion and the Unconscious, published in 1953, and is showing no signs of going away.

 

As concepts go, it’s a winning combination of homophobic, misogynist, and just plain wrong. I’ll address the homophobia and the misogyny in other posts. For now, next time someone tells you fashion designers are all gay men, tell them this:

 

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Alice Temperley

Amanda Wakeley

Ann Demeulemeester

Anna Sui

Anya Hindmarsh

Barbara Hulanicki

Bella Freud

Coco Chanel

Diane von Fürstenberg

Donatella Versace

Donna Karan

Elsa Schiaparelli

Eri Matsui

Iris Van Herpen

Jean Muir

Jeanne Lanvin

Jeanne Paquin

Jenny Packham

Liz Claiborne

Lolita Lempicka

Luella Bartley

Kate Spade

Katherine Hamnett

Madeleine Vionnet

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Quant

Malene Birger

Nicole Farhi

Pam Hogg

Phoebe English

Phoebe Philo

Rei Kawakubo

Stella McCartney

Sonia Rykiel

Tamara Mellon

Tory Burch

Victoria Beckham

Vivienne Westwood

Vera Wang

 

This list is by no means definitive, not least because it focuses on the US and Europe. Feel free to add the names of female designers I’ve missed in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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