Fashions of the Future Predicted by the Past

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Ever wonder how the world of the future will dress? It seems a popular subject reaching back at least to the Victorians. Some creative individuals looked into the distance to predict what strange and unfamiliar inventions we would embrace. Many of them predicted years that have now passed (or nearly so), so we're able to better judge their accuracy. And the result is definitely a mix.

Ranging from individualism to short skirts to antenna hats, every era had its own view of where we were headed. The 19th c saw a future of practical clothing that allowed us to be active and functional, but still highly decorative. Post-WWI expected technology to take over, changing our fashions to keep up with flight and adventure. In the Mid-century we can see plans for huge advances in inventions, taking us to space and broadcasting it to our wrists, all while our clothing keeps us comfortable at home. But the 1960s and 1970s foresaw a darker future, filled with environmental dangers we'd be forced to overcome. From unique and instant clothing to unisex tunics, these predictions tell us as much about the era they came from as they do where we are headed.

So where will we be in another 10 or 100 years? Or, better yet, where do YOU think we'll be? The idea of Retro Futurism is far from defunct, though perhaps it has become more practical.

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