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Gender-fluid fashion was the real winner at the Academy Awards

These stars were their authentic selves on the Red Carpet

Men’s red carpet looks are often boring. Everyone wears the same black tux. Women, on the other hand, bring glamour and beauty to award ceremonies but are often reduced to just those attributes. As #AskHerMore showed us a couple of years ago, famous women would like questions to be different from ‘who are you wearing today?’

These discrepancies bring to light the central problem of fashion: why are men and women’s clothing choices so different? Fashion is political. Feminist critiques of clothes would point out that women’s dresses put aesthetics above function or mobility, while men’s clothing is designed with purpose and not ‘prettiness’ in mind. These questions—of gendered clothing, sexual politics, and the like—have existed in fashion for a long time.

In the 1960s – 1970s, as gender relations in the first world shifted, gender-fluid or androgynous fashion made its mark on the runway. ‘Modern’ women preferred practical clothing but the neutral fashion produced during this era often just put women in masculine clothes without changing men’s fashion. Now – after many decades – gender-fluid clothing has made a fierce comeback in the past few years. Recently, designers at prominent fashion shows have made clothing that can fit either sex and both male and female designs have evolved.

We live in an era with shifting ideas of gender expression, identity, and equality and fashion are changing dramatically. This year’s Oscars were no exception. Here are the seven best gender-fluid fashion looks from the Academy Awards red carpet.

1. Billy Porter

[image description: Billy Porter, a tall black man, poses on the Oscars red carpet in a black tuxedo gown. His hands are folded and he is staring directly into the camera] via Getty Images.
[image description: Billy Porter, a tall black man, poses on the Oscars red carpet in a black tuxedo gown. His hands are folded and he is staring directly into the camera] via Getty Images.
Billy Porter looks amazing in a black velvet tuxedo gown designed by Christian Siriano.

2. Amy Poehler

[image description: Amy Poehler, a blonde white woman, stands on the Oscars red carpet. Left hand in her pocket. She is wearing a black tux] via Getty Images.
[image description: Amy Poehler, a blonde white woman, stands on the Oscars red carpet. Left hand in her pocket. She is wearing a black tux] via Getty Images.
Actress, comedian, writer, and producer Amy Poehler wore a black tuxedo with a ruffled shirt to the Oscars and looked absolutely amazing.

3. Jason Momoa

[image description: A tall, tanned man with brown eyes, wild brown hair and a bear in a pink tux] via eonline.
[image description: A tall, tanned man with brown eyes, wild brown hair, and a bear in a pink tux] via eonline.
The star of Aquaman, Jason Momoa, wore a Fendi light pink velvet tux to the Oscars. His look was completed with a sparkly pink scrunchie tied around his right wrist. The tux was designed by the late Karl Langerfield.

4. Elsie Fisher

[image description: A blonde white woman in a three piece black tux strolls on the Red Carpet with a bag in hand] via stylecaster.
[image description: A blonde white woman in a three-piece black tux stroll on the Red Carpet with a bag in hand] via style caster. Photo by: Andrew H.Walker/BEI/REX/Shutterstock.
The 15-year old star of Eighth Grade looked amazing in a three-piece tuxedo by Thom Browne and sleek, heeled boots.

5. Awkwafina

[image description: An East Asian woman with long dark hair in a pink simmering tuxedo and a pussy bow poses on the Red Carpet] via eonline.
[image description: An East Asian woman with long dark hair in a pink simmering pantsuit and a pussy bow poses on the Red Carpet] via eonline. Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
29-year-old Awfwafina wore a shimmering pink two-piece pantsuit with a large pink pussy bow. The ensemble was by DSquared2. The Crazy Rich Asians star paired it off with a shiny handbag.

6. Stephen James

[image description: Stephan James, a tall black man, on the Oscars red carpet in a velvet red three-piece suit with a red bow tie and white boots] via Getty Images/Allure.
[image description: Stephan James, a tall black man, on the Oscars red carpet in a velvet red three-piece suit with a red bow tie and white boots] via Getty Images/Allure.
Stephan James, star of If Beale Street Could Talk, went with a three-piece suit. But he defied convention in that the velvet suit was unapologetically red. The Etro suit looked great on him.

7. Sandy Powell

[image description: A blonde, white woman in a black and white striped suit poses with a hand on her hip on the Red Carpet] via Getty Images.
[image description: A blonde, white woman in a black and white striped suit poses with a hand on her hip on the Red Carpet] via Getty Images.
Sandy Powell, a ‘ Best Costume Design’ nominee for Mary Poppins Returns wore a very unique black and white suit with baggy pants and a long black tie.

8. Spike Lee

 [image description: a black man in a bright purple suit and hat on the Red Carpet] via Getty Images.
Spike Lee ditched traditional suit colors to don a purple two-piece designed by Ozwald Boateng and a pair of golden Jordans. The suit was a tribute to music icon Prince.

9. Diane Warren

[image description: a white woman with short dark hair and a prominent necklace in a white suit on the Red Carpet] via Steve Granitz/Getty Images.
[image description: a white woman with short dark hair and a prominent necklace in a white suit on the Red Carpet] via Steve Granitz/Getty Images.
The American songwriter arrived on the Red Carpet in a white pantsuit, white heeled boots and Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her pocket.