Gender Neutral fashion hits the catwalk

Exploring gender representations within the fashion industry is the theme of a charity fashion show hosted by Southampton Solent University this March.

Organised by students on the BA (Hons) Fashion Management with Marketing course, a selection of designers, who push the boundaries of gender perceptions, will showcase their designs at the 'Gender Neutral’ fashion show being held at the University on Wednesday 25 March.

Designer Jack Kindred-Boothy’s Collection, 'The Break in the Beam', explores structural vulnerability in menswear.

Commenting on his collection, which was showcased at the Sustain catwalk show at Brighton Fashion Week 2014, Jack says, “It was inspired from trying on women's clothes and finding that very often the structure of the clothing - for example cut-away sections that leave the skin exposed, or thin, see-through fabric - created in me a feeling of vulnerability that menswear never subjected me to.

“I thought it would be interesting to explore the idea of creating clothes for men that do not provide so much emotional armour as they are used to experiencing.”

There will also be live entertainment from DJ Audio k9 and Damien Murdoch and a raffle.

All proceeds from the show will go to Mermaids, a charity supporting young people with gender identity issues.

The show will take place at the Solent Studio in the John Millais Building at East Park Terrace. The doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available online at or on the door.


About Southampton Solent University 

Southampton Solent University offers more than 23,000 students over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects such as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. The University was awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning. Solent was voted one of the most creative universities in the UK in a Which? University 2014 poll of students. Solent Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter Award, which is supported by the Association of Business Schools and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and ‘gold approval’ by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).


About Us

Home to around 11,000 students studying everything from HNDs to PhDs, Southampton Solent University is dedicated to enabling learners of all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders, while also promoting economic and social prosperity. Winner of the Times Higher Education ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ Award 2015, Solent is a dynamic university with strong local links and a growing network of global connections – and a reputation for developing grounded, well-prepared graduates with the skills and experience employers want. Holder of the small business charter, home to one of the world’s leading maritime training academies and voted one of the UK’s most creative universities in the 2013 and 2014 Which? University student polls, Solent applies passion and innovative practice to all its courses. Spanning business and law, the creative industries, engineering and technology, maritime, media, sport and tourism, those courses deliver a practical blend of career-focused tuition and real-world experience – giving our students the tools they need to shape their own success.



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