When drab grays and minimalist attire flood contemporary men’s fashion, Harry Styles wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue falsely appears as an unprecedented, revolutionary denunciation of gender norms. While Styles’ authenticity and rejection of toxic masculinity are commendable, his outfits are merely a small-scale revival of male rockstar fashions from the 1960s-1970s.

The guise of electric guitars, promiscuity, and male dominance provides rock music with its reputation as a bastion of heterosexuality and masculinity; yet, a strong presence of androgyny within the genre persisted. …


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