Readers, in life, some questions are eternal. Why are we here? Are there dogs in heaven? Whatever happened to Deanna Durbin?
Another question asked since time immemorial was restated recently by an MPB reader only the other day, in response to Wednesday's post, Things I Don't Get, Vol. 4, the Empire Wedding Gown.
To quote said reader:
Something I don't get: why gay men are arbiters of women's fashion.
Wait -- I know: you're about to say that this isn't a question at all, but rather a statement referring to a question. Still, for the sake of simplicity, let's call it a question.
Readers, I do not have the answer! My immediate response, just a gut reaction, was, I think it's because we're bored with our own clothes.
But now I'm not sure if it isn't something more.
|Catherine Deneuve with Yves Saint Laurent|
What is it about women's clothes that makes them so interesting to gay men? Why do they so often design them, critique them and, on occasion, even wear them?
Nature, nurture? I really have no idea.
And how about all the straight designers of women's clothes -- Oleg Cassini, Oscar de la Renta, Jean Louis? However do you explain them? And how about the gay men who couldn't care less about women's clothes?
Readers, I turn to you and your collective wisdom.
What is it with gay men and women's fashion?
Coming soon: What is it with gay men and Carol Channing?