Ever heard of bumsters and wondered if they were a quirky spin on pranks or hipster culture? Well, we are talking about low-hanging pants, where the bum crack takes centre stage. Sounds intriguing, right? Bumsters were popular back in the 90s and 2000s, but they are back and have been spotted on our favourite celebs as well as on the runway.

The OG Bumster

Versions for both men and women exist, thanks to fashion designer Alexander McQueen, known for his splendidly bold creations. Bumsters, the brainchild of McQueen, slide off the hips to expose the upper buttocks, sparking criticism and acclaim alike. These provocative trousers are hailed as McQueen’s most iconic creation to date, born during his college days and later showcased in his groundbreaking ‘Taxi Driver’ collection in ’93.

McQueen’s Bold Debut

McQueen’s ‘Taxi Driver’ collection, debuting the low-rise silhouette on a clothes rail at the Ritz, was a departure from his later grandiose presentations. The low-rise jean trend of the ’90s and 2000s found its pioneer in McQueen, whose inspiration, he claimed, was about elongating the feminine form. However, rumors persist that the infamous ‘builder’s bum’—accidentally low-worn trousers—was the initial spark.

Mugler’s Couture Take

Thierry Mugler, captivated by the allure of the low back, reimagined bumsters through couture in Fall/Winter 1995. The Cirque d’Hiver fashion show marked their triumphant return at the brand’s 20th anniversary, with a model strutting down the runway in a sophisticated black cocktail dress revealing a cutout in the back, framed by three pearl strands. Mugler’s tasteful interpretation garnered widespread acclaim in the fashion circles.

Bumsters Resurrected

From McQueen’s groundbreaking designs to Mugler’s couture finesse, bumsters have evolved from streetwear to high fashion. Whether criticized or celebrated, this trend continues to push the boundaries of fashion, reminding us that style, like the bottom of the spine, can be captivating, regardless of gender.

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