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Retro-Future Fashion in Films

Retro-Future Fashion in Films

11. November 2017 | | Fashion & Couture

Fashion and movies have always mutually influenced each other. Interestingly enough, sci-fi films (or really any film that is set in the future) continuously present their own take on our future styles, may they be realistic or not.

It seems as though, according to the current trend in visionary films, fashion in the future will be based on two major trends: one is vastly “futuristic”, meaning lots of shimmery body suits, neon stripes and some kind of telekinetic headwear and gadgets; the other sets us back to a more primitive era of dressing, i.e. draped clothes.

Remember Jane Fonda in “Barbarella” from 1968? Her glimmering and not to mention extremely tight bodysuit, in combination with a long mink coat, that drove all the boys crazy? Or how about Cindy Morgan’s gridded also extremely tight full bodysuit in “Tron” from 1982? Apparently in the future, according to Terry Gilliam’s 1985 movie “Brazil”, we will be eating ice cream or baby-mash-looking cuisines, that allow us to be slim enough to fit into these streamlined bodysuits. How about that as a way to end the argument on body image or body shaming in the future?

On the other hand, movies make it look like our future technology has become so much to bear that we are forced to go back to our primal instincts. “Captive Women” in 1952 and “Mad Max: The Fury Road” in 2015, have decided that Greek style drapery is our way to disrupt technological movement. After all, what says comfort more than a piece of loincloth when going to combat with advisories and giant machines?

Either way, let’s hope our future outfits can be like the costumes in “The Fifth Element” from 1997, designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier. Wouldn’t that be a stylish future?

For anybody who’s interested, here’s a list of some of the most iconic futuristic movies of the past. Our favourite: Charlton Heston in the 1973 hit „Soylent Green“. In five years from now we’re all going to be wearing khaki coloured bandanas!

How Movies Imagined Future Fashion: 1924 until today

  • Aelita (1924) – Depicting 1974
  • Metropolis (1924) – Depicting 2026
  • Woman in the moon (1929) – Depicting the later 20th Century
  • Just imagine (1930) – Depiciting 1980
  • Captive Women (1952) – Depicting 3000
  • 1st April 2000 (1952) – Depicting 2000
  • Forbidden Planet (1956) – Depiciting 2220
  • Fahrenheit 451 (1966) – Depicting 2050
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971) – Depicting late 20th century
  • Soylent Green (1973) – Depicting 2022
  • Rollerball (1975) – Depicting 2018
  • Logan’s Run (1976) – Depicting 2274
  • Blade Runner (1982) – Depicting 2019
  • Dune (1984) – Depicting 23, 352
  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderstorm (1985) – Depicting 2004
  • Brazil (1985) – Depicting early 21st century
  • The Running Man (1987) – Depicting 2017
  • Cherry 2000 (1987) – Depicting 2017
  • Tank Girl (1995) – Depicting 2033
  • Gattaca (1997) – Depicting early 21st century
  • The Fifth Element (1997) – Depicting 2263
  • A. I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) – Depicting late 22nd century
  • Equilibrium (2002) – Depicting 2072
  • Æon Flux (2005) – Depicting 2415
  • Cloud Atlas (2012) – Depicting 2144
  • Mad Max Fury Road (2015) – Depicting 2060
  • Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – Depicting 2049

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