Designers Were Thinking About Space Travel Long Before the Trappist-1 Discovery

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Forty light-years away from fashion month, NASA just made a record-breaking discovery: the first-known system of seven Earth-size planets orbiting a singular star, three of which can likely support life. Study of the system, known as Trappist-1, promises answers to a lot of questions about life on other planets—and it’s likely all your friends have been able to talk about. Who wouldn’t want to visit the Trappist-1e planet, anyway, with its gorgeous red sky, purplish infrared light, and views of neighboring planets close by? Chances are, this news is just the tip of the iceberg; there could be more discoveries in the coming years. (In 2018, NASA’s James Webb space telescope will launch and provide information about the habitability of the Trappist system.)

For those following the Fall ’17 fashion shows, it might strike you as a coincidence that we’ve seen so many intergalactic motifs on the runways. This morning’s Chanel show was particularly out of this world, with astronaut prints, planet-shaped clutches, and even a rocket-launch simulation; just a few days prior, Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri showed evening gowns embroidered with the phases of the moon. Looking further back to London Fashion Week, Christopher Kane’s spaceship prints were based on the artwork of Ionel Talpazan, which Vogue’s Sarah Mower described as “a product of a kind of naive, obsessional futurism.” Alessandro Michele’s maximalist Gucci collection included a UFO-printed dress, while Mary Katrantzou’s sparkling landscape-printed gowns evoked a distant, magical world akin to Walt Disney’s 1940 Fantasia film. Mara Hoffman’s celestial prints also seemed to point to a better, more vibrant place than Earth, while Jeremy Scott’s Transformers-like space prints at Moschino Pre-Fall ’17 reflected his belief that “[our] country is in the toilet.”

So was it escapism that fueled all those otherworldly references? Maybe. Forget moving to Canada—go to another galaxy! We’ll have to find a new place to live when climate change finally catches up with us, anyway. On a less morbid note, fashion has always had a way of predicting major trends and events. It doesn’t simply reflect the times we’re living in—it’s usually a few steps ahead, thanks to designers’ ability to look forward, forward, forward. Last September, they had a feeling we’d need a fresh batch of brightly colored, optimistic clothes to wear in early 2017; as things got bad, then worse, that’s never been truer. Above, see seven looks that would be right at home on Trappist-1, then bookmark them in the off chance a trip there becomes a possibility. The more-than-235-trillion-mile journey may be a stretch, but a girl can dream!

(via Vogue.com)


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