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When Harry Styles met Homer: the surprising classical roots of gender-fluid fashion

Gen Z’s biggest icons are embracing it. But is gender-non-conforming fashion really revolutionary?

By Robyn Schaffer  

Photography: Tyler Mitchell for Vogue

This month, the American rapper Kid Cudi performed on Saturday Night Live wearing a floral ballgown. The rapper, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, wore the dress as a homage to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who once wore a similar dress himself. Overnight, Mescudi’s outfit went viral, with people praising him for challenging gender norms and even calling him a “fashion icon.”

Mescudi is just the latest in a string of cisgender men (those identifying with the gender they were assigned at birth) who are being credited with tackling gender stereotypes by embracing gender non-conforming clothing. In March,…

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