Items from the Light line at Tilly and William, a gender-inclusive brand. For the last few years, gender-fluid fashion has been increasingly popular in high-end fashion. In , entrepreneur Mary Going began fundraising to start Saint Harridan , a suit store that provided dress clothing for those who identified as masculine of center. Saint Harridan and Tomboy Tailors have since closed down; two stylists from Tomboy Tailors started the bespoke menswear clothier for all genders, Kipper Clothiers. Other gender non-conforming, trans-friendly fashion start-ups— Marimacho , Chrysalis Lingerie , and Sir New York —also gained awareness in the early s. Still, much of transgender fashion has yet to catch up to the community's financial reality.
Transvestism is the practice of dressing and acting [ citation needed ] in a style or manner traditionally associated with the opposite sex. In some cultures, transvestism is practiced for religious, traditional, or ceremonial reasons. The term is rarely applied to women. Though the term was coined as late as the s, the phenomenon is not new. It was referred to in the Hebrew Bible. Today, the term transvestite is commonly considered outdated and derogatory, with the term cross-dresser used as a more appropriate replacement.