The 1930s Futuristic Fashion Predictions video has been circulating the social scene for a couple of years now, with common remarks being how “Wow! That’s exactly what Lady gaga wears” and “fitted with a telephone and radio? [1:30] Hello! They sooo predicted i-pods and mobile phones”. What is really interesting is just how much of today’s fashion (and social norms) they really did predict – despite the video’s extremely tongue-in-cheek outlook.
We can clearly see the woman in the first clip [0:25] with large shoulder pads and tassles, something that has definitely been seen coming and going in fashion since the 1930s. Military uniform style tassles are, happily, not a current trend, although I predict they will be back,. However putting emphasis on the shoulders to add ‘edge’ to an outfit is definitely something we see often. Our Spring/Summer season saw this Love Moschino ladies top featuring puff cap sleeves with gold detail, drawing your eye to the neck and shoulders.
This black Love Moschino Top draws your eye to the golden embellishment on the puff cap sleeves in much the same way military-style tassles would - Dias £37.50
Although we don’t add different sleeves to an outfit in order to wear it “morning, afternoon and evening” [0:35], high-street retailers and fashion magazines often feature clothing that can be changed from day to evening wear. An elegant shift dress, or classy trouser suit can be transformed from sophisticated business-wear worn with a jacket and no-nonsense black day shoes, by removing the jacket, and slipping on some kitten heels or boots. A quick hairstyle change, a bolder lippy and a bit of sparkle – and you’ve got yourself an easy day to night metamorphosis.
This simple dress from D&G can be worn under a suit jacket during the day, but with a few accessory changes can be easily transformed into eveningwear - Dias, £325
The sheer look [0:44]. Do I even need to justify this? See-through, transparent, mesh and net are all common features to see on tops and dresses, either over an opaque camisole or, for the more daring, simply a nice set of lingerie. And notice the hairdo? Can you imagine a time when the beehive up-do was thought of as bold and futuristic?!
This sheer-look top is in keeping with a trend Joseph do brilliantly. - Dias, £279
Skirts may not have disappeared [0:53], but we are far beyond wearing trousers through practicality or female empowerment. This white jumpsuit with waist-emphasising belt is bang on trend… whilst shellsuits did the rounds (again) a few years ago, this year has seen the return of the ‘onsie’, playsuits and jumpsuits. The more elegant the better. And “canteilever heels”? [0:57] Need I say more…
Do you think these are 'cantilever' enough for them? I'm glad I didn't live in a time that meant missing out on these beautiful D&G leopard print wedges! - Dias, £147.50
Even capes are back [0:53]…
This colourful McQ dress features a stylish cape back - its not quite vampirical, but its definetly an intriguing feature. -Dias, £480
Whilst some of our dresses are a little shorter than I think they dared predict, the side-split dress is a classic (another common comment on this video was “Oooh Swish!” [1:04]). Shame about the lack of automatic heat-adjusting belt [1:00] – though it’s not exactly beyond 21st century technology. I’m also quite happy that men aren’t all walking around unshaven wearing all-in one work suits with utility belts [1:27]. There’s a time and a place. They got it right about collars and ties no longer being the standard though.
There are always predictions of what the future of fashion will look like and a lot of it will consist of re-circulation of trends we take for granted (will the jeans and t-shirt look be considered retro, perhaps?). There may be new materials we can’t even comprehend, new social or environmental norms that mean we have to adapt our dressing style, more influence from the fashion of other cultures, or simply new designers with increasingly interesting and bizzare concepts.
Are these everyday items headed for the retro bin? What things in our wardrobe will be "old fashioned" when we're in our 80s? Will our favourite pair of jeans be a classy 'vintage' look by 2050? Fashion moves too fast to tell- Dias, £190