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Fashion designer S.P. Badu wants to de-gender your closet

Badu opens up about sharing clothes, challenging gender stereotypes and casting runway shows.

Badu opens up about sharing clothes, challenging gender stereotypes and casting runway shows

Fashion designer Spencer Badu — the creative force behind his line S.P. Badu — likes the idea of a closet you can share with your friends and lovers. So S.P. Badu's garments are neither traditionally masculine nor feminine: they challenge gender norms without aggressively tearing them down.

Watch the video:

Badu opens up about sharing clothes, challenging gender stereotypes and casting runway shows. Filmmaker: ISTOICA 3:37

There's a lot built into the individual pieces that make up S.P. Badu's new line, and in this video made by filmmakers Istoica, the designer breaks them down. Along with gender stereotypes, Badu challenges casting on the runways and in print and our notions of vulnerability. And that's part of why the label has become something of a cult favourite for Canadian cool kids and international hip-hop artists.

Follow S.P. Badu on Instagram and check out more S.P. Badu looks below and at spbadu.com.

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About the Author

Lise Hosein

Lise Hosein produces video content for CBC Arts. Before that, she was an on-air arts reporter at JazzFM91, an interview producer at George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and a PhD candidate in visual culture. When she's not at her CBC Arts desk she's sometimes an instructor at OCADU and is quite terrified of bees.

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