Fashion is an important part of Ryan’s professional and personal life. Professionally, he works in the spotlight and likes to use fashion as a tool to help feel powerful.
“I tend to wear very strong silhouettes and bolder colours and shiny or reflective stuff, like lamé and sequins and sparkles.”
When he isn’t performing, comfort comes first, but his clothes must always still show off his personality.
His pink lace tank top is just one of the items he wears that may elicit comments:
“Even in 2015 men wearing pink is still an issue … more men wear it, but people still comment on it and the lace at the back [of this tank top] is always a surprise for people.”
Still, he chooses to wear items that he feels comfortable in and that express his fabulous side because being charismatic and glamorous are characteristics that define who he is.
“I like excitement, I like charisma, I like glamour … If I want to express that side of myself, then I should be allowed.”
His everyday wardrobe features a lot of dark colours because as a theatre professional, Ryan envisions the black in his everyday dress as not just a neutral but rather as the shade of imagination.
“When you are presented with a black canvas or a black space or a black curtain or a black stage we don’t see it as blank, we see [see it as] possibilities.”
In the menswear market, he would like clothes to be available in a wider variety of proportions.
“Things like arm and pant lengths – I struggle with. The industry focuses on standardized sizes as opposed to finding a way to cater to people’s differences.”