Harry Styles is making history.
The former “One Direction” band member, 26, became the first man to cover American Vogue solo with December’s issue – and Styles did it stylishly, in a ball gown.
The British heartthrob explores gender fluidity on the cover in a lace ballgown by Gucci, crediting his “flamboyant” idols Prince, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury and Elton John with giving him the confidence to buck the status quo and push boundaries.
“Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with. What’s really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away,” Styles said in his cover story.
Styles explained that putting gender labels on clothes is really “just limiting yourself.”
He added: “There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never really thought too much about what it means—it just becomes this extended part of creating something.”
The “Watermelon Sugar” singer’s love of fashion started young.
His sister, Gemma Styles, revealed that, “My mum loved to dress us up. I always hated it, and Harry was always quite into it.”