Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Men in Dresses

Mr. Billy Porter
We are accustomed to seeing fashion designers putting male models in skirts, dresses, heels, makeup, etc. and parading them down the runway often daintily carrying a purse or handbag. Despite their efforts, fashion designers have not had much luck getting their femme menswear off the runways and onto the streets.

But the times they are a-changin’ as male celebrities are now wearing femme menswear on the red carpet.

For example, Broadway star Billy Porter at the forefront of the trend showing up at various award shows and galas wearing femme menswear. But Mr. Porter took the trend to a new level with his appearance at the Peabody Awards wearing a fuchsia-colored, sheer tulle gown!

Source: Venus
Wearing Venus

Antoni Porowski femulated for 2020 Pride


  1. Billy Porter is who we should all aspire to (f)emulate. Wear what you like and ignore the "haters". See Rhonda's post today (http://www.rhondasescape.com/2020/07/when-will-men-wear-womens-clothing.html) for another approach. And I love that Venus dress - the angled stripes make her waist look fabulous!

  2. The clothes you feature are always so gorgeous and the girls who wear them, likewise. I would have to look a lot better than Billy Porter to dare to wear them, and also be at least 50 years younger, although you get away with it so easily that you make me really jealous!!

  3. I'm still on the fence about 'Men's Femme-Wear" (A friend has been touting "Mantyhose" for years, which have been around for a while but never seem to catch on) But then, how often to the designs on the runway end up in the suburban housewife's closet? Love the Venus dress, too. And does the model look like Catherine Zeta Jones, or is it just wishful thinking on my part? :)

    1. Yes, I agree, she does resemble Mrs. Douglas.

  4. I really love Billy Porter in "Pose". I wish I had been able to see him in "Kinky Boots". He;s sort of "earned his way" as far as dressing however he wants. But lots of high-visibility people and their children have chosen to "expand" their wardrobes. Gotta think RuPaul has had a lot to do with it, too. I think our net positive is that we're becoming more accepted.

    I doubt the fashion designers are going to have much luck getting most men to "sashay" around in their femme-ish fashions. But I find it interesting that they seem to be using many more androgynous models since the very positive influence of Andrea (formerly Andrej) Pejic. For me, forget about those "femme-ish" fashions -- where's my dress??

  5. AnonymousJuly 15, 2020

    Miz Cracker does up Antioni: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUw1Q2NP9As

  6. I wonder sometimes how much they are really trying to get men into dresses and how much they are just trying to do something to get the media to notice them and get them talked about. Chanel new suit which some wealthy women will buy and is an instant classic (and soon to be knocked off) gets little notice. House of Outre debuts Man in a Dress, especially years ago, gets a clip on the TV news.

    While I am sure the designers would not mind expanding their potential customer base... does it seem it is the womens' designers who are all (or almost all) doing this, so they do not offend current customers as much and try to reach new ones?

  7. AnonymousJuly 16, 2020

    I think the only way to get men to wear skirts is to introduce them as summer wear like shorts only cooler and more comfortable