Singer Harry Styles. TNS
Mitchelle D’Souza, Sub-editor/Reporter
Harry Styles has broken the norm to become the first man to appear solo on the cover of women’s fashion holy grail Vogue.
This is a first for the 128-year-old magazine. In the December 2020 US issue, the British pop star talks about his gender-fluid fashion, showing it off by wearing a Gucci dress on the cover.
The One Direction singer, inspired by music icons such as Prince and David Bowie, will be wearing a pale blue lace ballgown and black tuxedo jacket, photographed by Tyler Mitchell.
“You can never be overdressed,” he said. “There’s no such thing.”
In the interview, the 26-year-old gets candid about his own style and how he has embraced it.
“The people that I looked up to in music — Prince and David Bowie and Elvis and Freddie Mercury and Elton John — they're such showmen.
"Now I'll put on something that feels really flamboyant, and I don't feel crazy wearing it.”
He further said: “I think if you get something that you feel amazing in, it's like a superhero outfit.
"Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with.”
On the subject of gendered clothing, Styles said that such defined boundaries are “crumbling away,” something he finds “really exciting.”
“When you take away, ‘There’s clothes for men and there’s clothes for women’ — once you remove any barriers, obviously you open up the arena in which you can play.
“I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing,” he said.
The Gucci model expressed the joy he finds in experimenting with fashion.
“It’s like anything — anytime you’re putting barriers up in your own life, you’re just limiting yourself. There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes,” he said.
On the music front, Styles says he has been working on capturing the experimental spirit that informed his second album, 2019’s “Fine Line.”
The singer is looking forward to touring again, when “it’s safe for everyone,” because, as he notes, “being up against people is part of the whole thing. You can’t really re-create it in any way," he says.
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