Sci-fi and futurism: the wardrobe from another dimension

31 May 2019 | Posted by Zackary

With its imaginary worlds transformed by technology, its courageous heroes and its post-apocalyptic aesthetic at the crossroads of genres, science fiction is an immense source of inspiration for the runways. Designers, like Comic-Con fans worshipping cosplay, draw inspiration from these visions of the future, whether positive or negative, to create a wardrobe that transcends eras. From Marty McFly travelling back in time with his Nike self-lacing sneakers, to Uma Thurman's shoulder suits and cross-neck shirts in Gattaca, the seventh art is full of scenes where we would have liked the clothes to go directly from the fourth dimension to our wardrobe.

Matrix-style black leather, retro PVC dress à la Courrèges... Thanks to the diversity of film costumes, these influences can be expressed in several registers. Between subtle allusions simply evoked by the cut of a jacket, and details challenging technological prowess, they offer us enough to create unique looks, whose originality ensures the elevation of our OOTD game.

Although we love Jane Fonda's Barbarella outfits, perfect for a week of debauchery at the Burning Man, it is possible to give a new dimension to our style without going so far as to wear a plexiglass top. Here's proof with these ten pieces, that capture the look of our potential future...

A Japanese designer who has been showing in Paris since the 1970s, Issey Miyake is best known for his work in pleating, a traditional technique he uses to create innovative pieces. On this tee-shirt, the ridges bring a graphic dimension, while its raglan sleeves give the silhouette fullness. From jeans to technical pants, it will fit almost any style. (370 €)


I grant you, the connection between science fiction and this crop top is not obvious. Rather than wearing it alone, it will reveal its full potential in layering. Whether you want to wear it with Milla Jovovich-like suspenders, under a mesh piece or a transparent PVC trench coat, it will serve as a base for your looks, without stealing the spotlight from the other elements. (approx. 90 €)

Speaking of the Fifth Element, we release our inner Bruce Willis with his predilection color: orange. We have set our sights on a model halfway between jogging and tailor pants, in full athleisure trend, here reviewed by Alexander McQueen. Its shade being self-sufficient, we will only complete it with sober tones. (452 € in sales. "I'm broke" version available here.)

From Valentino to MOSCHINO, intergalactic prints are on the rise. They can also be found on this Vivienne Westwood shirt dress, ideal for summer evenings under the stars. The little something extra? The ribbed sleeves, contrasting the piece. (2.717 € — "I'm broke" version available here.)

Between the mechanic and the cosmonaut, the men's jumpsuit easily finds its place in workwear — for the record, this model is inspired by the uniform of a window washer. We will choose it in an immaculate white worthy of a Kubrick film, to complete with boots or sneakers in a contemporary vein. As for the zip opening level, it's up to you. (920 € — "I'm broke" version available here.)

With a certain irony, Marine Serre only uses vintage materials and old fabrics to design her Futurewear collection. A corseted base, a pronounced waist leading to a flared bottom, badges straight out of Buzz Aldrin's closet... Merging genres, this blazer takes you into the next era, without attacking the planet. (3.876 €)

The trench coat is dystopic-wardrobe staple, often made of leather or black vinyl. In a proposition that deviates from the reference, a metallic colour will produce a similar effect — perhaps less dark, but more original. In this case, we give in to Marc Jacobs' sirens. (730 € — "I'm broke" version available here.)

With this Nike, a small step for a man, but a giant leap for your style. The combination of clean colours with a bold lacing system, and a particularly high tongue, make them a unique pair, essentially suitable for urban looks. (From 156 to 270 € depending on the size.)

Considering the rate at which global warming is worsening, plastic will soon be the only raw material. Founded in Tokyo, the label Nana-Nana takes the lead by offering bags cut from PVC only. Sized following paper formats — A4, A5, A6, etc. — their transparency will suit Big Brother perfectly (89€ — "I'm broke" version available in the fruit and vegetable section of the nearest Walmart.)

With their polarized lenses and mask shape, the glasses of the Italia Independent x Billionaire Boys Club collaboration should be able to protect you from haters, as well as supernovas. (150 €)

If we don't know what tomorrow is all about, we might as well stay one step ahead now... •

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