Sending the Message Through Photography
Behind the shine and glamour of the industry – are norms they are trying to break.
For years, fashion and fashion photography have been trying to break the appropriation of style, colors, and clothing in gender. Men and women breaking the gender identities in fashion can be traced back in the 1960s. In a report by the New York Times, it was in the 1960s where men sported long hair in floral or paisley patterned shirts and bell-bottoms; while women have been wearing men’s clothing for comfort and authority.
Indeed, Fashion is never just about designer clothes and expressive makeup, it’s out there to spread a message – an advocacy that will, one day, hopefully break the standards placed on people, depending on their gender, age, you name it.
Fashion photographers now, opted to look at a model’s confidence, personality, and soul. In fact, photographers have been releasing galleries, coffee table books, and other materials as help in redefining gender norms in fashion.
“Masculinity and femininity can be viewed as social constructions. Something that first appears to be rigid and natural, but in reality something fluid, habitual and interchangeable”
In today’s age, where digital media has made information accessible by just one tap of the finger, fashion photography can send, along with setting trends and discovering new styles in fashion, the message and hope that clothes and styling should never be defined by gender, but rather the acceptance that one’s fashion sense and style is determined by his or her soul, comfort and confidence.