Across The Border Of Gender! “No Gender” Models Creates New Fashion Culture In Japan

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Across The Border Of Gender! “No Gender” Models Creates New Fashion Culture In Japan

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Within the couple of the years, there have been a significant challenges regarding the concept of “gender” all over the world. Without these challenges, there hasn’t any new changes in to our world and to open our eyes to the new possibilities.

For example, Conchita Wurst from Austria, who became an international sensation and surprised us not only with her amazing singing talent, but also with her unconventional appearance as being a beautiful male. Ever since, there have been ideas and changes going on with the more acceptance with different types of gender. Also as Tokyo Girls’ Update, we have been following Ladybeard and LADYBABY as a new sensation from Japan as well. (Check out the past article about “Boys Be Kawaii!”: )


Not just “kawaii” boys, but also the “no-gender” or “genderless” wave has come to Japan as well. This new fashion wave has influenced to popular culture in Tokyo as well, and currently, many of there are many fashion icons emerged from this trend. What does it mean to be a “no-gender”? I have found out some of the criteria to be “no gender” or “genderless” from the internationally known standard to Japanese examples.

What is it and how to be “no gender” or “genderless”

“No-gender” is the new fashion wave, which blurs the boundary of gender. Traditionally in fashion, there was a clear division between women’s and men’s wear, and thought to be in separate designs according to that divisional standard. But most recently, there has been a trend to enjoy fashion more freely and wear whatever you please. With that fashion liberation, the blurring of the person’s gender according to what they wear, “no-gender” fashion have emerged. Some might describe it as “gender neutral” or “gender-less.” Many of the department stores or fashion runway since last season had “no gender” as a main theme, and many of the celebrities were also wearing “no gender” outfits on the runway or on red carpet social events.




This concept is different from “unisex” because “unisex” is the clothes (or hairstyle) that allows both genders can wear. But, “no gender” genre is more emphasized to the wearer; the wearer becomes the blur in the gender by the item of clothes, rather than the clothes itself that is the identifier of the gender.

Some of these are some overlapping concept with being “androgynous.” But rather, “no gender” or “genderless” is like a play on; transgressing the gender boundary by wearing the opposite sex’s clothes in style. And to look good in the opposite sex’s clothes, you are influenced to be “androgynous.”

Also, “genderless” doesn’t necessary equals to the individuals’ sexuality as well. If men wearing women-type clothes, it this doesn’t mean “drag,” or women wearing men-type clothes, it also doesn’t mean a “tomboy.” “No gender” or “genderless” fashion just have opened the option to the people to wear whatever that looks good in your style, no matter the gender specific item it could be.

“No Gender” Icons/Models In Japan

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Grad student in Tokyo. Born in Tokyo, raised in New York, studied in London. My interests lies in Tokyo's urban street cultures and girls cultures,rock music, fashion and manga. Just livin' it up :)

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