[C]hanel’s cosmic girls, intergalactic crystals at Saint Laurent and survival blankets at Comme des Garçons. The mood for autumn / winter 2017 was unequivocally sci-fi, with high impact shapes and arresting metallic pigments popping up everywhere at mega speed. When show notes include phrases like ‘dystopian disco-chic’, you can usually count on an image from Blade Runner to make an appearance on designers’ mood boards backstage.
It’s little surprise to find fashion has been drawing influences from Ridley Scott’s retro-futuristic hit, set in 2019 Los Angeles, for some time now. The cult classic was made in the early ‘80s, imagining the state of the world (and wardrobes) thirty five years later. But the film’s enduring sartorial appeal lies more in its rejection of recycling old-age ideas of “sci-fi fashion” to transcend eras.
The costume department’s approach was a familiar mélange of styles we’d seen before at some time or other. There’s your ‘90s punk a la Pris (played by the undeniably cool Daryl Hannah), 1940s Hollywood pin-ups and Japanese-inspired fashion. But placed next to one another and set against an almost pitch-black aesthetic it’s also completely ambivalent.