Given I know next to nothing about men’s fashion, it was a blessing when Jay McCauley Bowstead, a lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion, got in touch with me at Homer and offered to appear on our podcast. Jay’s written a book—Menswear Revolution: The Transformation of Contemporary Men’s Fashion—exploring how fashion and menswear both responds to and shapes the way we think about men and masculinity.
In this episode, we look at the role fashion has played in Jay’s own life, as well as how changes in the structure of Western society are reverberating through the way that men are allowed or expected to attire themselves.
We mention a couple of things that you might be interested in knowing more about. Wikipedia has a decent explainer for ‘hegemonic masculinity‘ and The New Yorker did a good piece on Hedi Slimane’s impact on Parisian menswear. If you want to know more about anything we said, though, do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Favourite quote this episode: “I feel quite comfortable in my own masculinity and quite positive about being a man, but at the same time I’ve been told, frequently, that I was doing it wrong. People in the street are quite happy to do that, aren’t they? ‘Oh, has it ever occurred to you that you’re inhabiting your masculinity in an inauthentic manner?’ They don’t always phrase it in quite those terms but I feel that’s what they’re trying to get at.”