Fashion design: Edward Crutchley

Produced as part of Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

Revealing and celebrating the male body, Edward Crutchley's flamboyant fashions disregard traditional gender norms and subvert the history of menswear.

This film takes a detailed look at a sumptuous gown by Edward Crutchley, with a corseted bodice which was inspired by an 18th-century robe à l'anglaise, but adapted to fit a male torso. The gown comes from Crutchley's Spring Summer 2022 collection, which references the history of queer spaces in London, and specifically the work of 18th-century textile designer Anna Maria Garthwaite – an outsider working in a male-dominated industry.

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Background image: Ensemble by Edward Crutchley. Spring Summer 2022. Photo Chris Yates. Model Siddharta Van Der Sluis. Courtesy of Edward Crutchley.