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Fashion » Moda | 53 achieved on the big screen with his 1972 film Solaris. However, outer space can also inspire a budget production of extravagance in action – as was the casewith the Chanel fashion show under the creative leadership of the unsurpassedKarl Lagerfeld, duringwhich Paris’s Grand Palais served as the highly stylised landscape of intergalactic scenes, even with a spaceship taking off from the catwalk (albeit only a few metres). However, if we set theatricality aside, space fashion continues to drawon a code of utilitarian clothing inwhich the sexes are erased, and whichwe all identify with in the (not so distant) future. This inevitably leads to a re-evaluation of everything that we consider futuristic technology. The Courrèges fashion house was renovated recently, continuing the author's research of plastic as a fashion medium, under the new creative leadership of Nicolas Di Felice – but, in line with current principles of sustainability, they are developing new plant-based alternatives to harmful production processes. Yes, functionality can bemixedwell with dramatic futurism, as is the casewith thework of Norma Kamali, who has been cutting fabric fromsleeping bags tomake jackets since her creative beginnings in the 1970s, perceiving themetallic sheen as a stylised representation of the universe. Another way the universe is experienced in fashion is through the visual material documented during research missions. Creator Iris Van Herpen is celebrated for her unique perception of modern technology on dressmaking andwas among the first to be encouraged to try implementing 3D printing. In her latest collection, under the title Earthrise, she is inspired by NASA archives, particularly the green and blue details in photos of Earth shot from Apollo 8 in 1968. Before she arrived, the library was visited by designer Stephen Sprouse, whopresenteda collection inNewYork in1984 that was covered with “interplanetary prints” created in collaboration with this American space agency, only to produce more similar prints in a 1999 collection dedicated toMars, presented to an audience that wore 3D glasses at the show. NASA simultaneously arouses nostalgia and excitement over what the next research will bring. Its logos from the ‘50s and ‘70s, known in design jargon as “the meatball” and “the worm”, are often seen on the t-shirts and hoodies of high street brands like H&M and Zara, although they also have their more luxurious Balenciaga homage in the collection for the current season. Regardless of whether you wear the one costing tens of euros or the one costing hundreds, you’ll feel like you’re part of a trend that has its limits in some other galaxy. FOTO: Profimedia.rs / Patrick Kovarik / AFP FOTO: Profimedia.rs / Keystone Press Agency / Zuma Press

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