The Homosexual Who Defined Modern Women’s Fashion

Yves-Saint-Laurent (right), perhaps France's most influential fashion designer, with his lover Pierre Bergé (left)

It’s a banality to suggest that the way that individuals dress says more about the individuals themselves. The reality is that it’s an indicator of not only their inner psychology but also the outer manifestation of what their entire civilization is all about.

So is there a deeper history regarding how women dress within our feminist and gynocentric world?

Are they really “rational actors” and “sovereign individuals” who are following their own ideas and desires, or are they just helpless lab rats in a wider civilizational experiment?

The West’s Fashion… or Bad Style

James Lever, who was perhaps the most important fashion historian, demonstrated through his comparative study (“from the invention of the needle some 40,000 years ago to the development of blue denim”) that the very idea of “fashion” began in medieval Europe. During the 14th century, men began wearing the doublet, which was considered by the moralists to be “indecent” as it displayed their “shapes,” while women (especially the upper-class) started to wear the corset, also amplifying their “shapes” (though women did previously wear a sort of bra, it wasn’t meant for purely aesthetic enhancement).

These modifications in in the realm of fashion parallel those in other fields. This phenomenon was what the late historian Alfred Crosby described as a rush towards “quantification,” i.e., adopting a form of rationalization and mechanization which would impact all aspects of Western civilization, including philosophical theology (for instance, Thomas of Aquinas and what Crosby deems to be his “algebraic” view of God, almost the deity of some deist, with no attributes or names).

The Perennialist author René Guénon wrote that the West was “cursed” in the 14th century because it is during this period that it severed its ties with the “spiritual East,” notably by banning the Templars who served as a link with the Islamic World (they were even accused of worshipping “Baphomet,” a reference to our beloved final Prophet ﷺ). Thus, for Guénon, this distancing from the East would automatically necessitate the adopting of an “anti-spiritual” approach, which in politics can be witnessed in Philippe IV, King of France, who wrestled authority away from the Catholic Church and effectively laid down the path for the later ideologies of secularism and nationalism.

Some Perennialists (such as Jean Robin) thus opine that the Black Death, a bubonic plague that originated in Asia (most likely in China), which decimated 40-60% of Europe’s population, was some kind of “divine punishment” for having abandoned “tradition.”

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Even if we don’t agree with these Perennialists on their thoughts in this regard, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian, Barbara Tuchman, argues in her book, A Distant Mirror (1978), that until the 20th century, the 14th century was the most violent century in human history.

Others would argue that it was a punishment for having launched the crusades against the Islamic world, in the same way that “wokism” hit back against conservatives after they used the exact same rhetorical points to demonize Muslims (males in particular) after 9/11.

But as we are focusing on fashion here, let’s just say it’s quite the “coincidence” that the very notion of “fashion” appears in the 14th century, when the entirety of the West⁠—after declaring open war against Islam through the crusades⁠—was running towards civilizational materialism; and that “degeneracy” in relation to clothing is something that is not actually as recent as it is often believed to be.

Yves-Saint-Laurent: The LGBT Activist Who Defeminized Women

Yves-Saint Laurent (YSL), who has passed away, is considered to be one of the most influential fashion designers alongside a few other fellow French citizens such as Coco Chanel and his early mentor, Christian Dior, as well as other Europeans such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Cristóbal Balenciaga.

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Yves-Saint Laurent is generally admired for having brought high fashion to the average individual (mainly women). During the ’60s he made “haute couture” accessible through ready-to-wear garments. The post-WWII West saw a slow but steady shift from industrial production to services-oriented consumption. It was becoming a “society of the masses,” and Yves-Saint Laurent was smart enough to have guessed that the new Western consumer would want clothes which would appear to be “elite” while being mass-produced.

But there’s another field where Yves-Saint Laurent was influential. This was in the creation of women’s modern fashion, as argued by Fiona Levis, who has dedicated complete chapters to this question in her biography of Yves-Saint Laurent.

Basically, Yves-Saint Laurent popularized the pantsuit, which consists of a pant and an assorted coat or jacket. The pantsuit has a long history (Coco Chanel earlier weaponized it for the “boyish figure” of the ’20s); is associated with feminism; and is basically an attempt to “reclaim” the suit from men as “a sign of power.” Yves-Saint Laurent made it a fashion statement and a general feature of “empowered women” from the ’70s onwards, when they entered the US workforce and other fields of society (consider politicians such as Hillary Clinton or Kamala Harris).

Yves-Saint Laurent was fond of the “androgynous” effect that it had, like giving broad shoulders to women. He also loved the way that it removed femininity from women. Yves-Saint Laurent was so avidly against women acting feminine that he was even against them using accessories such as gloves and handbags. Ironically these are things that Christian Dior, his supposed idol, loved to design for women.

Yves-Saint Laurent’s biographers never make the link openly (and even if they do, they applaud the open display of his sexual orientation), but this “defeminization” of women might have something to do with his homosexuality. Yves-Saint Laurent was of course, if not the first, at least one of the first public figures in France to openly assume his homosexuality and homosexual tendencies (interestingly a lot of male fashion designers seem to be homosexuals).

He’d form a famous couple with Pierre Bergé, who was a shrewd businessman and shoddy figure associated with France’s Leftist establishment from the ’80s onward. While others may have been more “discrete” homosexuals, this couple would actually openly embrace LGBT activism.

Being an open homosexual, it’s likely that he didn’t feel any sort of desire towards women. Perhaps this is why he seemed to believe that women are most attractive, maybe seductive even, when they stop being women?

What does this say about “intersectionality” when two supposedly “oppressed minorities” (homosexuals and women) are essentially locked in an endless battle against one another?

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zaheen ahmed

i find it really sinister that peopl who are trying to un cloth (promote indecent revealing cloth) our women folk always potray them self and harmless gay low test man so that we never see them as real threat . but these guys are more harmful to the Muslims than any EDL or any right wing goon trying to physically harm us

FrenchMuslim

We can only blame the men who are weak enough to follow anything an openly gay baby face kaafir has to say.
The women, as a whole, follow anything that is mainstream, so it’s not a surprise.
It is the duty of the men to plug their brain and stop accepting any and everything.
But the Western “men” are more to blame for this, because the muslim world follow only because of wars and actual terrorism leveraged against them whereas the Western “men” just accept anything under liberalism.

zaheen ahmed

i agree with some points and disagree with some . most time we Muslims think in the most idealistic scenarios . like DH point out how education for women have become a fitna . i am on a uni campus and being a decent student i always get picked by the student committee to show student around the campus mind you this is with their parent their fresh out of school . the amount of sisters i have seen who come as a hijab wearing sister and within one year the turn into some thing completely diffrent

zaheen ahmed

i as a Muslim tried to help . this was my 2nd year (currently last) i called few of the sisters parent and to basically inform them that their daughter no longer wears hijab and hangs out with the wrong crowd . this eventually led to a big mess where the school threatened to kick me out . since then i shut my mouth i quit the student committee and no longer care . if you want to throw your self in fire go ahead .their is limit to what men can do with the rampant feminism without hurting themself

zaheen ahmed

at this point its up to the father to instill correct islamic values in their daughter and its upon the women folk to not fall for this especially when they are not willing to listen and they see Muslim men as enemies not brothers. when muslim men say aything we are seen as mysognist and met with hostility .

akh

Raising children starts at the moment they’re born (actually even before that, it starts with picking a good wife with dito motherly skills). Once they’re a certain age the islamic foundation should be so firm that it is practically ummovable.

Formal higher education is this era’s golden calf. People simply assume it’s inherently good without question.

akh

The humanities and social sciences are particularly dangerous if you’re not firmly grounded in islamic knowledge. Unfortunately these departments are also the most female heavy. Add this to the fact that women are already more susceptible to social pressure, trends, virtue signalling and manipulation in general and you have a potential disaster on your hands.

FrenchMuslim

Everything from the west with “human” in it’s name is a trojan horse.
“Human rights”
“Humanities”
Their idea of what’s human and what’s inhumane is twisted to say the least.
For them cutting your genitals and taking hormone therapy is a human right (cf United Nations).
For them zina and riba are fine.
Having 10 minutes 5 times a day to pray to the lord is not a human right but sodomy is.
What a sad state of affair.

Abdullah Ali

I wanted to note a thing. According to UslamQA, the salawaag character is not good enough.

akh

(interestingly a lot of male fashion designers seem to be homosexuals).”

This explains why ‘high’ fashion is designed to make women look like young boys. And why gay hairdressers popularized/came up with hairstyles that make women look boyish, like the pixie cut, coupe garcon and the skrillex cut.



A K

This is deep. Please do an article on the underpinnings of the pink/blue hair trend.

FrenchMuslim

I actually love it because it’s an indication of the world view the individual subscribe to.
The only times it doesn’t necessarily says the man/woman is in this way of thinking is if a woman is dying her hair pink-ish maybe it’s just stupidity but if a man dies his hair blue, it’s obvious.
I may be wrong.
Just like a drag queen, no deception, corruption is easy to avoid when it’s in plain sight.

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Abu Muhammad

Great article. Suggestion to the author, avoid the use of (brackets). It’s considered lazy writing and distracting. You can always rewrite the content without them and it will flow better inshaAllaah