Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mini Forecast, based on Jim Hodges show at Gladstone Gallery

Images from the show:

These images from the show made me think of the graphic, nature and space inspired prints that I've seen on garments, as well as the use of metallics in fashion.

Christopher Kane Galaxy print

Andrea Chaves shoes

Alexander McQueen clutch

Jeffrey Campbell shoes

After taking History of Design this past semester, I learned and was interested in the postmodernism/pop movement. The use of space imagery during this period was very popular due to the space race, and in America primarily after their success in reaching the moon. Space imagery was mainly seen in the shapes and literal interpretations found in product, fashion, and interior design.
For example:
Eero Aarnio's ball chair

Pierre Cardin's "Space Age Fashion"

Joe Colombo's Rotoliving System

Now that technology and media are much more advanced than they were 40 some years ago, space imagery and high-tech looking metallic surfaces can be made more sleek and less literal to the point of tackyness.
For my final trend forecast in Trend Spotting class, I focused on the illusion that metallics and the use of space (not outer) can create. I think that this relates, and as outer space imagery was futuristic in the 1970s, avant-garde looking silhouettes and advanced technology are quite futuristic for our age now.

If Jim Hodges type artwork, subtle influences from the past, and optimism for the future have anything to do with what is to come as far as silhouettes and prints are concerned, I think that we'll be seeing more garments such as these:

Proenza Schouler

Alexander McQueen

Sandra Backlund

Lady Gaga's space orbit dress (maybe a little less literal)

Elohim by Sabrina Goh

Proenza Schouler

Hussein Chalayan Bubble Dress

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