Cardin: Space-Age Design is Back to the Future
Spring 2011 collection is an updated take on his 1960′s space-age designs, and unfortunately lacking in spirit and design compared to the original. (see above) (88) returns to the runway after 10 years. His current
According to The New York Daily News (9/29/2010), he’s not too thrilled about this collection himself, due to it being designed mostly by licensees who don’t take risks, which Cardin believes is a problem with designers today. (S/S 2011 collection below)
It’s almost impossible to update the future, especially a cool imaginary one that he and other designers in this genre of fashion dreamed up. Cardin and other iconic space-age designers make up part of my influences today. Other designers include:
Andre Courreges - His most famous designs were the ‘Space-Age’ collection of Spring 1964. The collection included silver PVC ‘moongirl’ pants, white catsuits and monochrome striped mini skirts and dresses. He is also famous for his use of the mid-calf length, flat-heeled ‘Courreges’ boot.
Paco Rabanne – Plastic and metal discs, day-glo space-age designs. Generally known for clothing in chain-mail style, made from plastic and metal tiles or discs, held together with wire. By 1968/9 his designs included ostrich feather dresses with aluminium bodices and others made in paper and silver leather. He designed costumes for “Barbarella,” and his muse was iconic model, Donyale Luna.
Rudi Gernreich - Visionary designer who pushed the boundaries of body image in futuristic fashion. Most famous for introducing the topless swimsuit, aka: monokini in 1964, which consisted of a high waist held up by thin straps which passed between the bare breasts. He designed the unisex Moon City uniforms on the TV series Space 1999 (’75-’77). His muse was the ultra-modern Peggy Moffitt.
The Huffington Post: you can view Cardin’s current collection here:
New York Daily News – Licensed to Ill: Pierre Cardin Ashamed of His Current Collection
Design Kultur – When The Future was Ultramodern
Mods on the Moon