Just short of 5 years since the launch of NASA’s space probe, this week ‘Juno’ has entered Jupiter’s orbit on a mission to study the solar system’s largest planet. This 1.7-billion-mile journey is a history making success for the team who will monitor Juno’s discoveries over the next 12 months.
With the possibility of space travel on the horizon and the constant yearn to learn more about our universe, it’s not surprising so many earthly sectors are becoming influenced by the cosmos.
A blend of futuristic landscapes and out of this world shapes and colours were found in both Opening Ceremony’s A/W 2016/17 runway shows. Designed by legendary set designers Syd Mead and Mary Kantrantzou, the creative duo showcased an array of metallic and mirrored inflatables to surrounded both futuristic collections, reflecting the rich pigmented colour found in the fabrics floating down the runway.
For his Bloomberg SPACE exhibition, Gary Webb produced a collection of mirrored and glossy works set against a background of a fictional solar system. The coloured glass and reflective boxes are a contrast to the airbrushed backdrop, appearing both playful and uncomfortably futuristic.
Valentino’s Pre-Fall 2015 collection’s grand finale showcased a translation of the intergalactic trend with capes, dresses and accessories adorned with a cosmic array of constellations, moons and planets.
Australian brand Ginger and Smart found inspiration from photographs of the Earth taken from outer space. The Resort 2017 collection was highlighted in lace and woven raffia textures, creating depth, whilst balanced with galaxy prints to define the outer space influence.
Artist Lita Albuquerque undertook an expedition to Antarctica, near to the South Pole to create the first instalment of her work Stellar Axis. The installation consisted of the placement of 99 blue spheres which each corresponded to the location of one of 99 specific stars in the Antarctic sky above, creating an earthly constellation.
Written by Cara Mulligan
Edited by Christina WrightReferences
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