When you hear the words ‘universe exploration’, your first thought probably isn’t runway fashion. Many designers and artists have been inspired by the cosmos, which is exhibited clearly in their work. Throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s, space inspired art was really at its peak thanks to the first human spaceflight that was launched in 1961 by the Soviet Union. Because we didn’t know much about the universe at the time, people had to rely on their imagination. The most notable artist that used the idea of aliens and intergalactic travel was David Bowie. Not only did he create characters like Major Tom and Ziggy Stardust, he also took on the role of Thomas Jerome Newton, an extraterrestrial who is seeking a way to ship water to his planet’. Bowie often performed in strange and over-the-top costumes, that helped him to get in character.
Many modern designer have also been influenced by their curiosity about the universe. Many artists use latex, holographic materials and galaxy-inspired colours in their collections. A few runway shows also featured very alienated clothing pieces and makeup that’s supposed to make the model look like an extraterrestrial being.
There is still so much we don’t know and I think it’s a great idea for young designers to explore this field and show their original and unique visions. Who knows, maybe soon we’ll be watching a fashion show that is taking place in space or witness astronauts in suits straight off the runway.
Written by Margaret Leon
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