2001 A Space Odyssey, Jean Paul Gaultier
Since releasing my last collection 'The Death' - as an exercise in restraint and stripping back my aesthetic, I have started thinking about where to go next. As much as I loved working in all black I know I need to start thinking about colour again, but I think it will be in a very different way than before. I like the idea of picking one colour, and working with shades, or again placing restrictions on myself with minimal materials. I think it forces me to think about shapes and design much more than just thinking I will do the same style in 8 different colourways - something that is so common in the lingerie industry. And I am not saying that is necessarily a bad thing, but for Hopeless I want the focus to be on something else.
As well as colour a theme I have been thinking a lot about is rebirth and new life. When looking at my wardrobe and around my house I have the desperate feeling to purge everything and start again, but I don't really have the resources to do so. What I have been doing is bagging old clothes and finding as many objects as I can to throw away, sell, or donate, and thinking much more intensively about what I do buy and how it fits into my life. We live in such a disposable world, and in the past I have hoarded so many trinkets and things thinking I will use them, but now I just want a clear space to create and keep myself organised.
So if the last collection was about death, it follows quite logically that the next one will be about birth, or new life. I have many ideas about how that might happen, and nothing is set in stone just yet, but one potential path of inspiration I have been thinking about is past representations of the future. This is one of my favourite themes ever and I am very excited about exploring it. There seems to be two different types of future represented in film and art - you have the sleek, minimalist, computerized future, or the dystopian society where everything is dark, dirty, and sinister.
In the same way I love the contradiction of horror films and lingerie, I also love the idea of a grimy, cold, and robotic dystopian future inspiring my designs. It is so much more interesting than being inspired by flowers or sunsets. In this instance I feel like the minimalist future might be the obvious choice, so I really want to challenge myself and see how I can interpret dystopia into something beautiful.
So from here I wanted to share some of my favourite films and designers that capture this dystopia, and a few that are more on the sleek and minimalist side. I found a comprehensive list of all future movies here if you want to read about some more too. I hope you enjoy looking through this as much I enjoyed putting it all together!
Barberella, Alexander Wang, Love Aesthetics
Escape from LA, Zana Bayne
Iris van Herpen
Iris van Herpen
Robocop, Thierry Mugler