Harper's Bazaar March 2016 - Page 164

BEAUTY Bazaar DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY As the line between the sexes gets blurred, author Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi explains why gender is so last season Photographs by TARUN KHIWAL IN HER LANDMARK ESSAY ON LITERATURE and gender, A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf believed the accomplished mind drew on both masculine and feminine qualities. In describing the androgynous mind, she wrote it was ‘resonant and porous; that it transmits emotion without impediment; that it is naturally creative, incandescent and undivided’. Woolf was bounding way ahead of the curve when it came to disregarding gender norms. If today she skulked at a bar in New York she might chance upon His Hotness, Jaden Smith, mega butch and real easy in a skirt (and on the eye), Designer Thom Browne correcting an errant lipstick mark off his martini glass. I suspect, also, she’d approved of fellow Brit Vivenne Westwood, whose gothic, puckish collections have long taken on what Author Michael Cunningham called the ‘sorry masquerade known as gender’. Except, when you don’t subscribe to any pa 'F