Acne Plays with Gender in Their Recent Collection

Swedish fashion label Acne (which stands for “Ambition to Create Novel Expressions”) has teamed up with Madrid-based transgender fashion magazine Candy to release a line of crepe silk and denim button down shirts designed to play with proportion and size, queering the line between men’s and women’s shirts.

In a interview with, Acne founder described his collaboration with Candy‘s publisher and editor in chief, Luis Venegas, as a perfect match:

“I’m in this business to have fun and to enjoy myself, and I feel that Luis is too. This collection touches on ideas I have always played with when designing for Acne, the tension between male and female and what happens when you shift things around a bit.”

The three shirts in the collection experiment with proportion and feminine details, such as bow collars, which differentiates the line as being playful with gender, rather than unisex or gender neutral. They’re also playfully named after female characters from the 80s soap opera Dynasty: Alexis, Krystle and Sammy Jo. While this line may not solve my personal issue of how to better dress myself like Don Draper, the team-up is unique and their deliberate attempt to further blur the boundaries between men’s and women’s fashion is an interesting one.

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About Sarah Elspeth Patterson

Sarah Elspeth Patterson

Masters Student. Sexuality Educator. Bossy Femme.