As Guest Host of the Wardrobe Crisis Podcast, Aditi’s in conversation with Alok Vaid-Menon, a gender-nonconforming poet, author, performance artist and designer. Up for discussion: everything from gender-neutral fashion, to the limitations of representation to what it means to truly redefine beauty.
This episode is a powerful call to designers “take it as an ethical imperative to de-gender their lines” and to “everyone, regardless of your gender, to make this an issue.”
It’s time for all of us to start asking difficult questions, say Alok. “Asking our favourite brands, our favourite designers: why do you continue to gender your product? What is the purpose of this? The next piece is, how are we subverting gender tropes in our own lives? Are we dressing to fit an idea of what women or men should be, or are we dressing for ourselves?”
Special thanks to the Wardrobe Crisis Podcast for the invitation to guest host.
Title image of Alok Vaid-Menon shot by photographer Mukul Bhatia.