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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Men’s Skirt?

    In 1985, Jean Paul Gaultier caused a shock in the fashion’s world by introducing the men-skirt. While outside of Western culture, male clothing already includes skirts and skirt-like garments, like a single sheet of fabric folded and wrapped around the waist, such as the “dhoti” or “lungi” in India, and “sarong” in South and Southeast Asia – the wearing of a men’s skirt is usually seen as typical for females and not males in North America and much of Europe today.

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    Anyway, back then Gaultier promoted the use of skirts, especially kilts on men’s wardrobe, and the release of designer collections. In that same year 1985, he caused another shock by using unconventional models for his exhibitions, like older men and full-figured women, pierced and heavily tattooed models, and by playing with traditional gender roles in the shows. This earned him both criticism and enormous popularity. At least the latter lasted until today.

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