Visual Feasts

Editor’s Note: This post is from the original Genderplayful Community Blog, back when we were also a marketplace.

Today’s conversation: designers and collections! Of course, the Genderplayful Marketplace is a fantastic place to find both, but what about other spaces?

High school student maresalsalis has a lovely English period-inspired sketch of ‘a nineteenth-century gender-nonconforming young lady, inspired by a very amazing reference book of period costumes I found today’, entitled Monarch.

From Natalie Brilmeyer, a fashion major at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute, comes Gender-Queer Glam, a series of designs which combine urban clothing trends with looser fabrics and flowing lines.

And, because of the growing interest in the steampunk subculture as a source of style, something that might please you – John Yau’s ‘Gothic Dandy’. Described as a combination of ‘Victorian elements such as highly starched shirt collars and cuffs with feminine fabrics such as lace,’ the collection seeks to present ‘blended sexuality and the softened image of traditional masculinity’. An interview with the creator is available at NOIR Magazine.

A model standing on an urban rooftop, dressed in a loose beige blazer over a colourfully-studded black vest, and wearing beige bermudas.

Photograph from Jason Menswear. Model: Kirill V.

Finally, Singaporean brand Jason Menswear, by JR Chan, has a decidedly kiltish look, with a baggy, skirtlike smart-casual cut and a mission: ‘Let’s break stereotypes.’

Sounds like a sentiment we can share!

Are there any collections that have caught your eye lately? Any arresting sketches? Any designers you like to windowshop? Or, if you yourself are a designer and/or seamster, why not drop a link to your work in the comments? Better yet, sign up as a vendor, if you haven’t already done so!

4 thoughts on “Visual Feasts

  1. Betty Nikia

    I LOVE the John Yau designs! Not necessarily specifically for me to wear, but the idea of them. I don’t remember who made the comment in which forum, but while some of us will look forward to a Lady GaGa free for all in creating/selling/wanting clothes that are totally outside of the box, others of us will want fairly pedestrian, casual, unobtrusive clothes…that just happen to fit us properly for once. Also, since most designers create for an industry that features pretty specific body types, it’s pretty hard sometimes to actually find a designer who makes sense for my body type. So – I don’t think there is a specific designer per se who I look to for genderqueer fashion – I think there can be a lot of fun a la carte combinations by mixing designers/finds.

  2. JD

    I also love the John Yau designs – and I would definitely wear them. There’s something very refreshing about them.

    That being said, I also second the notion for the need for pedestrian, casual, unobtrusive clothes.

  3. Fredrikku

    Hello everyone I’m new here and got to give a note that I’m following this.

    The last picture in “Gender-Queer Glam” link, wasn’t that too some slightly pedestrian/casual designs? If I ever pull my finger out and sign up as a vendor I’d go for something similar.

    Now I’m from Sweden and I lately found out about an indie-film through its costume designer. Here’re the links: (artist site, check the trailer) (machine translated article. note: google skipped translating “hen”, swedish equivalent for “ze”)

  4. Betty Nikia

    Ha, ha…that is cute about “hen.” The film looks interesting. I definitely think the Gender-Queer Glam link picture you mentioned could fall under that. I think I would have to see it in real life. What materials were used. How they were cut. But, generally, yeah. I agree.

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