Futuristic Utopian fashion innovations

 

 

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Utopian bodies- fashion looks forward

 

 

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Forward utopian projections usually lean towards the futuristic, combining surreal and adventurous design elements, sometimes outlandish and impractical, other times visionary and prophetic. The recent Stockholm utopian fashion exhibition was no exception, with many aspects of modern design integrated into the couture that were inventive and served to elevate it into the future.

Liljevalchs´Museum exhibition “Utopian Bodies: Fashion Looks Forward” focused on imaginable futures for the adorned body and useful developments in fashion in a challenging world. Harnessing a combination of high tech innovation and sensitivity to environmental issues, creativity in fashion was taken beyond a purely aesthetic appeal. Curated by Sofia Hedman, Serge Martynov and Mårten Castenfors, vivid, abstract set designs were used to compliment the boldness and originality of the styles.
Utopian ideals were explored with a merging of creativity and technology over eleven themed galleries including Technology, Sustainability, Craft & form, Change, Craft & colour, Resistance & society, Resistance & beauty, Solidarity, Memory, Gender identity and Love.
For example Smart Textiles created the first completely recyclable cotton fabric, which can minimize the environmental impact on cotton growing. The BBsuit 0.2 created by ByBorre and Eva de Laat, cleans polluted air through a portable filtering system, while Pauline Van Dongen’s solar panel shirt stores natural energy. Valerie Lamontagnes’ clothes change their properties according to the weather, pointing towards a future with less over specified garments, which would consume fewer natural resources.
The technology section featured garments, made with laser cutting, that had sensors embedded into the fabric, to convert pressure, temperature, speed and movement into signals that mimicked some of the performances of the wearer’s skin.

 

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Elena Slivnyak for Iimuahii

 

Other inventive designs were Billie Whitehouse’s and Ben Moir’s Navigate Jacket that come with vibrating mechanisms embedded in the shoulders, allowing wearer’s to find their way without looking at a map. Cutecircuit’s shirts allowed you to send hugs to other wearers of their garments and Ying Gao made clothes that interact with an onlookers gaze or voice. From a recycling perspective, Miguel Mesa Posadas’s clothes were made from recycled car tires, while Qmilks created clothes out of biologically degradable milk fibres.
Recent fashion contributions from Viktor & Rolf’s, Issy Miyake , Dior, and Mcqueen were highlighted. Also on display were Hussein Chalayan’s ground-breaking table skirt and moulded plastic dress and Walter Van Beirendonck’s Stop Racism headdress from Crossed Crocodiles.
While functionality wasn’t exactly the primary focus, this avant garde fashion, like any art or design form, faithfully reproduced and reflected the needs and obsessions of a society, during the times in which they appear.

 

 

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‘Mini Miki’ (centre red outfit) by Bea Szenfeld, Resistance and Beauty gallery

 

 

 

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Utopian bodies- fashion looks forward

 

 

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Utopian bodies- fashion looks forward

Liljevalchs, Stockholm

2015 – Feb 2016

 

 

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Charlie le Mindu headpiece ‘Kiss Me’

 2011  photo by Vernie Yeung

 

 

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Utopian Bodies, installation view of Sustainability gallery, with dresses by Issey Miyake, Dai Fujiwara, H&M, Hussein Chalaya and Miguel Mesa Posada

Liljevalchs, Stockholm

 

 

 

H&M "Love" dress, in the exhibition gallery of the same name. Photo by Mattias Lindbäck. Red gown with flashing heart and red lights

H&M “Love” dress, in the exhibition gallery of the same name.

Photo by Mattias Lindbäck

 

 

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Utopian Bodies, Viktor & Rolf “Hana Bedtime Story”

Photo by Mattias Lindbäck

 

 

 

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Viktor & Rolf – ‘Hana Bedtime Stories’

foto -Peter Stigter

 

 

 

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Utopian Bodies – Craft Colour Gallery

Photo by Mattias Lindbäck

 

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Utopian bodies- fashion looks forward

Liljevalchs, Stockholm

 

 

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The BBsuit 0.2 created by ByBorre and Eva de Laat, cleans polluted air through a portable filtering system

 

 

 

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Utopian Bodies, Resistance & Society gallery

 

 

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Utopian Bodies, installation shot of Resistance & Beauty gallery

Photo by Mattias Lindbäck.

 

 

 

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Utopian bodies- fashion looks forward

Liljevalchs, Stockholm

 

 

 

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Walter Van Beirendonck, Headwear, “Weird” Collection (Autumn/Winter 2005)
Courtesy of Mode Museum Antwerp
Foto: Roland Stoops

 

 

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Utopian Bodies, installation view of Solidarity gallery. A room entirely in white, with custom-made wigs by Perry Patrasczewski, clothes by Minna Palmqvist, Gudrun Sjoden, Ida Sajasedt and Sandra Backlund.

 

 

More utopianesque designs

 

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Model – Edie Campbell, Photographer  – Tim Walker

2014

 

 

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Israeli fashion designer Noa Raviv has integrated 3D-printed elements into ruffled garments influenced by distorted digital drawings. Grid-like patterns are warped and stretched across parts of the garments to create optical illusions across the body. “I’ve translated those lines into textiles that creates this sort of optical illusion.”

 

 

 

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Luana Teifke, photo Fabio Bartelt

Vogue Brazil

 

 

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‘Eos’ is a creation of stitched and plaited sterling silver wire, copper wire, beads and silk by Claire Prebble

 

 

 

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‘Amor’– Molly Bair in Alexander Mcqueen – Fashion Week 2015 by Nick Knight for V Magazine

Inspired by Anselm Kiefer’s blackened sunflower heads, the project explores the parallels between creativity and love.

 

 

 

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MGPIN Make-up Styling spring / summer 2012 Photo Lintao Zhang Getty image

 

 

 

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Nick Knight photography for Vogue

 

 

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Dutch designer Iris van Herpen merges 3-D printer technology with high-end fashion skeletal form

 

 

 

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Brutalist cage couture –  Gareth Pugh Black Leather Cage Jacket

Photo by Hyuna Shin

 

 

 

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Kitty Kouture by Ophelia-Overdose

miss-overdose.com

 

 

 

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Korean designer Lie Sang Bong

 

 

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‘Medusa’ – photo by Wilfred Dy

 

 

 

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Hauteur Space –  Nick Knight

Nick Knight looked to the timeless language of elegance expounded in the works of Erté, Aubrey Beardsley, Lillian Bassman and Irina Ionesco, amongst others, to explore the future-fantastic visions of Spring/Summer 2012 for W magazine.

 

 

 

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‘Into Bloom’ by Hyuna Shin

 

 

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Nicolas Jebran couture 2012-2013

 

 

 

Pierre Cardin black and white spiral couture

Triple vortex  – Pierre Cardin

 

 

 

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Art Deco geometric design by shotopop  (created in photoshop)

 

 

 

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Polish designer Bea Szenfeld  ‘Haute Papier’ collection of handmade organic and futuristic paper garments.

photographer Joel Rhodin

 

 

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Kate Forbes Warrior collection

photographer – Troyt Coburn

 

 

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‘Rain’ costume – Alexandra Kokinova

 

 

 

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Manual Diaz futuristic Egyptian Art Deco clear plastic design

 

 

 

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Pagoda samauri inspired costume – Rinaldy A. Yunardi

Jakarta Fashion Week 2016

 

 

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Shao Yen Chen designed sculptural fluffy white dress with dramatic silhouette

 

 

 

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Alla Nazimova in Salomé 1923 directed by Charles Bryant

 

 

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Inspired by naked burlap cockatoo knights – Rinaldy A. Yunardi

 

 

 

Christine Kreiselmaier photography for SteinRohner

Christine Kreiselmaier photography for Steinrohner design

 

 

 

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‘Suprematism II’ by Olga Zavershinskaya

 

 

 

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University of Westminster graduate Valeska Jasso Collado was inspired by the color, finish and form of Memphis furniture to create this avant-garde collection of wearable structure

 

 

 

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‘The missing moon of Sedna’  photo by Pinch Martin Tremblay

via Behance

 

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Designer Marjolein Dallinga

WOW – world of wearable art. NZ

 

 

 

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‘The Nativity of Pearl’ – photography Wilfred Dy

 

 

 

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Russian fashion designer Valentin Yudashkin

 

 

 

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Venetian crow costume

 

 

 

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Venetian turquoise ocean theme kitsch, 2016

 

 

 

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Venice illuminated light costume, Venice 2016

 

 

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Gondola inspired masquerade costume, Venice

 

 

 

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“The Zoo Of Venice” by Tanja Schulz-Hess, Venice carnival 2012

World Of Costumes

 

 

 

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Viktor & Rolf red cube gown inspired by Noguchi

 

 

 

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Splash Calendar 2011 by Tejal Patni

 

 

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Water splash crystallization dress – Iris Van Herpen

 

 

 

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Tejal Patni and Kirstan Hermans photography and digital art

 

 

 

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Cactus inspired dress – Designer Xinyuan Xu

 

 

 

Givenchy green dress

Givenchy

 

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Designer David Ferreira – 2015

 

 

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Pine‘Tree Girl’ by Toon Van Stralen (design by Pim van den Akker)

 

 

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Gareth Pugh, Paris

2012

 

 

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Christian Dior Haute Couture

photo Patrick Demarchelier

 

 

Hussein Chalayan avant garde fashion

Hussein Chalayan avant garde fashion

 

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Lai Kit Ling, Hong Kong Design Institute.

 

 

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Line & form – Korean Seoul’s Christian Dior Couture Store

 

 

 

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 Designer Vingi Wong  –  Central Saint Martins

 

 

 

 

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Katerina – Intro magazine

photo by Sofia Zasheva

 

 

 
 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Posted December 4, 2016 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for showing one of my costumes – “The Zoo of Venice” from 2010 (not as stated from 2016) in your trhead about abstract garments. I feel honoured to be listed there amongst other great dresses. But I have a lot more, and better costumes from 18 years of Carnevale. Check my website http://www.worldofcostumes.com

    Ci vediamo a Venzia 20.2.-1.3.2017!!!

    My costumes for next season are even more stunning and abstract than the last years.

    Saluti da Amburgo, Tanja

  2. Posted December 8, 2016 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    I love the abstract work.

  3. Posted December 8, 2016 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely amazing.

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