I've reviewed my fair share of supposedly-ridiculous menswear since starting this blog, and it always inspires a very different reaction to the more outlandish fashions for women. It's not exactly news that women get a lot more leeway than men when it comes to personal style, but I feel like Yoko Ono's designs are not even all that bizarre when compared to something like the puffball outfits and rubber fetish masks of Walter Van Bierendonck.
“Men were always wanting us to look good and take off everything, and we were never able to enjoy men’s sexuality in that way.” -- Yoko Ono.
Transparent fabrics? Exposed skin? Anything that hints at the presence of an erogenous zone? These are all design elements that are the exclusive purview of women's fashion, because much of womenswear design is about making the viewer look at and think about the body underneath the clothes. There are a hundred ways in which women are socialised to dress, sit and behave in order to attention to one's body in a certain way, but in the menswear lexicon there really is no concept of "clothing designed to make you think about nudity". A traditionally sexy outfit for men is an expensive suit; a traditionally sexy outfit for a woman is a tight dress with a lot of cleavage.
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