Jesse Ornelas
Fashion Fluidity: An analysis in men’s contemporary fashion

A look inside the perspective in men’s fashion exclusively and unraveling its roots that interlink with the history of masculinity and gender identity.

To see the difference overtime on how men portray themselves in society can reflect from the fashion they’re cultivating, as well as the ideal image of what it means to carry themselves as men. With the extensive history on how men’s fashion has correlated with the social standard of what it means to be a man, it can be difficult to dismantle because of how much work and ideologies were implicated and formed in the perspective of a man’s identity.  For over many centuries, this has carried on and revised in every time period, to modernize the stigma of a man’s presence as well as the social roles that were sprinkled in each society that came and went.

With this project, it focuses on the current issues on why these outdated ideologies don't work in today’s world because of how much pressure and overbearing boundaries it creates in a man’s identity. Now with something like gender fluidity thrown onto the map in a man’s world it changes the way of thinking and the outlook from a man’s perspective. With multiple identities, especially from the LGBTQ+ community, their way of living has opened pathways that are starting to emerge in the world where a lot of the stigmas that exist for men, are finally broken. With fashion, it makes it easier to walk that journey.

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Thank you to our Capstone volunteers, including students Leslie Ramirez, Chris Keramidas, Caroline Schlegel, and faculty member Laura Rossi García. Special thanks to 2020–21 Capstone faculty Shiro Akiyoshi, Nathan Matteson, and Heather Snyder Quinn.

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Graphic Design Capstone Showcase 2020 and 2021
Advisors: Shiro Akiyoshi, Nathan  Matteson, and Heather Snyder Quinn