In a decade renowned for its emphasis on style and fashion, the 20th century saw an escalation and intensification of futuristic and modernist approaches to the world of fashion and design.

Platic Zeitgiest

The borders of the creative domains began to blur and overlap, meaning plastics and other materials alike could be transformed into radical fashion icons and movements that would inevitably shape and inspire the future of fashion trends.

Paco Robanne | Unwearables Collection

An artist who took on this futuristic notion was Spanish designer Paco Robanne, he introduced his first collection of dresses in 1966 which he called the “Unwearables.” Constructed from metal and thread linked plastic, the dresses sparked, and staged, the profound avant-garde ideology that was sweeping across the design and fashion industry. Scandalously see-through, the disks render the dress to an astronomical suit of armor proficient for intergalactic warriors, conjuring a sort of space age modernist fantasy.

Amy Thompson | Plastic Analogue

A similar revolutionary artist is Amy Thompson. Her innovative use of translucent polypropylene creates a robotic-like shield of armor, yet successfully manages to obtain a soft elegance as the eye follows the smooth and sculpted contours of the body.

Amy Thompson | Plastic Analogue

Another unwearable fashion ensemble perhaps, although previously uncommon, the design hosts the ability to constantly develop and define new notions of beauty and aesthetics.

Jane Bowler | Fusion

For example, Fusion a collection by Jane Bowler features the use of recycled plastic across her fanatical and inventive design pieces.

Jane Bowler | Fusion

Driven by a passion for process, materials and craftsmanship, her fascination with the idea of converting cheap materials into something luxurious and beautiful is executed magnificently.

Jane Bowler | Fusion

She achieves a compounding desirability for her plastic creations which are inspired by traditional Japanese straw coats called MINO, which are formally used for the same purpose as a rain coat.

Loewe |  SS 2016 collection

Adding a hint of space age chic with an 80s twist, the Loewe SS 2016 collection adorned their models in plastic fabric in the form of knee length shorts, capris and gloves. Although unsuitable for daily wear the outlandish wrap designs and transparent pants were an extraordinary parade of captivating design, reinforcing Anderson’s position as a unique curator with the ability to combine multiple materials in an interesting context and make them desirable from all angles.

Written by Amber Weaver

Edited by Christina Wright

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Bowler. J. Fusion collection. At URL: http://www.janebowler.co.uk/pages/aw-12