Androgynous Fashion from the Concept to Consumers: An Empirical Study

Saha, Indranil et al (2021) Androgynous Fashion from the Concept to Consumers: An Empirical Study. In: 8th International Conference on Research into Design, ICoRD 2021, 7 January 2021 through 10 January 2021, Virtual, Online.

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The concept of androgynous or gender-neutral fashion is known for its distinctive attribute that blends both conventional masculine and feminine design characteristics. In the history of fashion, the notion of androgynous fashion has been evolving since the 1920s, although it was irregular at times. In the postmodern Western cultures, androgynous aesthetic in fashion is increasingly accepted, encouraging the multiplicity of gender expressions. With significant influencers of the generation identifying themselves as gender-neutral and speaking out on the topic, the concept of being gender fluid is catching a lot of attention recently in the international fashion industry. Androgynous fashion is an emergent trend, which reflects in fashion ramps with models showcasing silhouettes and design elements that breakdown gender stereotypes. With this in mind, the current research aims to study androgynous fashion from both conceptual and user-centric perspectives in the Indian context. Data were collected through primary and secondary sources. Relevant secondary data were gathered from various books, research papers and fashion publications to set the conceptual context of the research. Additionally, to gather primary information about the Indian LGBTQ consumers’ perception of androgynous fashion, a questionnaire was circulated amongst young Indian fashion consumers using convenience and snowball sampling methods. The results and analysis of the study reveal the aspirations behind the gender-neutral design genre. This study also brings out the emotional needs of the Indian LGBTQ community members, who are the primary consumers of androgynous aesthetic.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Series Title: Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design characteristics, Design elements, Empirical studies, Fashion industry, Gender stereotypes, Masculine and feminines, Primary consumers, Secondary sources
Subjects: Arts > Design
Divisions: Department of Design
Depositing User: Mrs Haseena VKKM
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2021 05:12
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2021 05:12
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