Androgynous clothing and style are nothing new. But as growing recognition and understanding of non-binary genders continues to change perceptions of identity – nowhere more so than in the workplace – is it time to rethink workwear and office dress codes to reflect this shift?
It may make sense for some companies to be more receptive to unisex or non-gendered clothing, not only given shifts in perceptions about gender identity, but also given today's tendency for workers to blur the lines between officewear and fitness clothing.
Rad Hourani is one designer at the forefront of this movement. He has never understood why women dress differently from men.
“If we look back to the time of Louis XIV, men were dressing in a way we would today consider feminine, so this notion that men have to be masculine and women have to wear heels seemed strange to me," he says.
Despite having no formal education in fashion design, at 25 he started creating unisex clothes out of dissatisfaction with what was being offered on the market.
Driven by the belief that a world free of gender labels would be less divisive and more encouraging of people to be "limitless" in all aspects of their lives, he designs clothes and accessories that resist the categories ingrained in workplace dress codes.
Click play above to see how he’d create a genderless style of dress for the workplace of the future.
Video by Mark Leslie. Additional editing and production by Emily Okuda-Overhoff.
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