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Generation Genderless - Issue #1

Generation Genderless
Generation Genderless
Hi - my name is Kris Harrington, CEO and Creative Director of Kris Harring Apparel Group. We specialize in gender-inclusive fashion design and product development.
Generation Genderless is your guide to the top news and insights covering gender equity and society within the fashion industry and beyond.

Industry News
Gender-Neutral Clothing A Popular Fashion Trend for Generation Z
According to a study by, Generation Z is the most racially diverse generation in U.S. history, with 48% of non-white 6-21-year-olds. 62% of GenZ see diversity as good for society. 
Also 1 in 3 GenZer’s know someone who prefers gender-neutral pronouns. This is the first generation in which a majority believes that forms should include gender options beyond “man” or “woman”.
GenZ’s shopping habits also confirm their aversion to labels as they shop mainly by price and avoiding labels altogether - seeking out thrift stores and boutiques to find unique styles.
Fashion Tech
Top 9 Technology Trends Reshaping The Fashion Industry In 2021
Virtual and Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Clothing among Top Fashion Tech Trends
The fashion industry is still one of the largest industries in the world, generating an estimated $1.5 trillion per year. Unfortunately, the way the fashion industry operates today has changed very little from its ways of designing and producing over the past twenty years. 
Social media and the rise of a digitally savvy consumer have changed the way fashion is consumed and have trained customers to want instant access to the latest trends while younger generations also want to stand out from the crowd and seek products that can be tailored to their preferences and needs. 
As this continues, it forces brands to adapt and become responsive to the needs of their market and adjust to a fast-changing environment. As our lives become more intertwined with the digital world, many designers and brands must embrace new technology to push the limits of manufacturing, production, marketing, and wearability. 
One of the top trends we see influencing gender-inclusive design is Artificial Intelligence and AR/Virtual Reality. Companies such as personalization platform TRUEFIT employs an online fit engine that helps users find an adequate fit with brands and new styles on the market, Another prime user of AR/VR technology is 3D rendering companies EFI Optitex and CLO3D who have greatly improved the expensive and lengthy process of finding an adequate fit. They’ve shown how to take the essential components of a design, like flat sketches and technical patterns, which can then be morphed into simulated 3D renderings. This then allows users to quickly adjust for cutting, loosening the fit, and to make all the necessary adjustments in real-time.
Selling digital clothing is getting more popular too. For example, Louis Vuitton designed “skins” for League of Legends characters and Drest sold digitized versions of Farfetch inventory. Ralph Lauren’s recent collaboration with Bitmoji, where customers can create their own Bitmoji look with the new mix-and-match wardrobe from Polo Ralph Lauren, also demonstrates the irresistible power of the e-wardrobe. (Read More at
Why we should apply UX to fashion design
UX design has shaped me into a more well-rounded designer.
People usually see HCI/UX design as a freshly developed field that only applies to technological products. In the real world, it’s always been improving and incorporating our daily lives long before the term was verified.
I work in fashion. To be more specific, I am a textile designer but I have been implementing UX ideology into my designs since my junior year of college. During my senior year, I had one runway show of my own, my own showcase at CFDA, and multiple press releases. I was living the fashion dream but something wasn’t right. Only after thorough self-reflection had I found myself feeling uneasy with the creative process and the thinking behind the fashion industry. (Read More at the UX Collective)
  • Demi Lovato Comes Out As Non-Binary: The singer now uses they/them pronouns as “I feel that this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression.” (Vanity Fair)
  • Upcoming ‘Cinderella’ Features LGBTQ Actorvist Billy Porter as Genderless ‘Fairy: The classic story of “Cinderella” is getting a “modern makeover” as a musical complete with the LGBTQ injection of a genderless fairy godmother. (CBS News
  • Disney College Program Introducing Gender-Neutral Housing Option: With Disney College Program finally returning, participants will be able to live in brand-new housing and will have the option to live in gender-neutral housing. The Disney Programs website has a page dedicated to gender-neutral housing. With this option, residents of multiple genders may live in one apartment, instead of each unit being split up by gender. (WOW News Today)
  • These 5 Trailblazing Athletes Are Changing the Fashion Game with Their Brands: They don’t limit themselves to just their craft; they’ve taken their passions and have become social justice warriors fighting for gender equality, racial equality, disability rights, LGBTQ rights, and more. (HelloGiggles)
News from Around the World
  • Male Teachers in Spain Wear Skirts to School to Support Student Removed from School for Outfit: Male teachers in Spain are wearing skirts to school as part of a nation-wide protest after a student was forced to see a psychologist after wearing his own skirt to school. In a video posted to TikTok last year, 15-year-old Mikel Gómez said he had been removed from class after wearing a skirt to support women’s liberation and challenge gender norms. In the viral video, Gómez said he was sent to a psychologist, who asked him whether he was transgender and identified as a woman. Gómez, who identifies as male, said he was told to wear pants and that he was later punished by his parents for the skirt. The movement — #LaRopaNoTieneGenero [clothes have no gender] — has only continued to grow since then. Earlier this year, two male teachers, Manuel Ortega and Borja Velázquez of Virgen de Sacedón elementary school in Valladolid, opted to wear skirts to school throughout May. Ortega and Velúquez made the decision in order to show support for a student who had been subjected to homophobic slurs, El Pais reports. (MetroWeekly)
  • School Uniforms Becoming Gender-Neutral in Japan: A growing number of schools in Japan are making their uniforms gender-neutral so that students are not forced to dress according to their sex at birth. Many schools have introduced pants for girls’ uniforms, while skirts for boys are hardly ever seen apparently due to concerns they would draw too much attention. Sanyo Junior High School in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, made a jacket and pants its standard uniform for both boys and girls, starting this school year from April. Those hoping to wear skirts can choose a skirt version of the uniform. (Nippon)
  • France Bans Gender-Neutral Language in Schools, Citing ‘Harm’ to Learning: In a decree sent to schools across France, the country’s education ministry aimed to end the use of midpoints that designate both masculine and feminine endings to words. As the Telegraph reported, in the French language, nouns reflect the gender of the object they are referring to and the masculine ending is usually dominant. For example, a group of friends including five women and one man would be written as “amis” but a midpoint would change the spelling of the word to “ami.e.s.”. The education ministry’s decree seeks to end the use of the midpoint in words, stating that it creates confusion in learning the language. (Newsweek)
  • New Zealand - Census Data on Gender, Sexual Identity to Be Gathered in an ‘Inclusive’ Way: Stats NZ has updated its guidelines for the data collection on gender, sex, and variations of sex characteristics. It comes after a review completed last year showed there was a need for a more inclusive approach to data collection for trans, intersex, Māori, and Pacific peoples. It found there was a lack of capacity for existing standards to adequately reflect transgender and intersex people. “It’s important we inclusively collect data, and our process for developing the updated standard reflects this,” said government statistician and chief executive of Stats NZ, Mark Sowden. (RNZ)
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