52 | Moda » Fashion MODA / FASHION Everything started in the 1960s, when the famous trio of Parisian avant-garde style comprising Paco Rabanne, André Courrèges and Pierre Cardinpresented their futuristic collections of reduced silhouettes in fabrics with glinted metallic reflections and plastic accessories. The recentlydepartedPierreCardinspent most of his career on the framework of those tendencies, as a true modernist inspired simultaneouslyby the architecture, interior design and functional designofNASA, fearless in his use of unconventional materials and details. Cardin didn’t observe outer space fromthe prismof its artistic vision, he went directly to NASA to explore the possibilities of shifting the boundaries of what was preDES I GNE RS ’ OBSESS I ON WI T H F U T UR I SM The sky isn’t the limit, fashion is in outer space Although it seems like a millennial trend, fashion designers fromNew York to Tokyo have been drawing inspiration from the universe for decades. viously considered wearable. In the decades that followed,manydesigners soared to stardomthrough creative research, fromthe famous Robot woman dressed in metal and moulded Perspex in Thierry Mugler's vision of the 1990s, to the kind of Tron- and Terminator-inspired gold leggings that NicolasGhesquière created in2007, during his tenure as creative director at fashion house Balenciaga. Ghesquière returned to that inspiration for his 2022 resort collection for Louis Vuitton, where he currently works, implementing futuristic stitching andprints of sketches of planets and sci-fi landscapes. He created a maximalist wardrobe for journeying into a future without gravity. Alexander McQueen was obsessed with Blade Runner and used its wealth of motifs for his autumn-winter 1998 collection for Givenchy, where he was then creative director, following the example of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, who used footage from the film as prints for their Spring 1983 Punkature collection. For some creators – such as Dolce & Gabbana and Versace – outer space is marked by Flash Gordon kitsch. For others, like Hussein Chalayan, it is presented as an intellectual challenge in line with that which Tarkovsky FOTO: Profimedia.rs / Robyn Beck / AFP