Rendering Reality

By Ashley Gross

finalf1Each year technology becomes more and more incorporated into our lives. We count on it to manage everything for us from our health to blaming it for not waking us up for class. Science fiction and the idea of a utopian future have fascinated us in the realm of media, including books, movies, and television shows. A gradual shift has occurred from finalf3reimagining our past, to technology influencing the present, and the next phase is geared toward creating the future. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we pause to analyze the potential hazards of ultimate technology. Have you seen the previews for Transcendence?! Also, I’ve watched the documentary on the guy who came up with all of that, and should we really be listening to a guy who pops nearly 200 pills a day so he can live longer?? I don’t want any part of that, but it reflects what we’re interested in. In our day and age we’ve achieved instantaneous, so now we’re striving to see what’s coming next. The future, even if only by a few minutes, is where the focus of society is headed. At the same time, there is a general desire to avoid becoming completely consumed with modernity and innovations. In Spring of 2016 I think we’ll see lots of things inspired by technology, but also grasping for something that feels finalf2very real and unaltered. Where will this sense of reality come from? Things with texture and nods to the past hold true to a reality we know, while a modern and geometric twist ties in the aspiration for our technologically advanced future. The theme I see developing is what, in simplest turns, I would call the futuristic 1930s. A revival of this period will come from similarities between economic and societal hardships. In fact, this year there has been an exhibit at FIT called “Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashion of the 1930s. There will be a particular fascination with the amount of detailed work of the garments of this time. You could also argue that no one remembers exactly what happened in that decade, so maybe designers are just trying to pass this off as new. I can only describe this overall mood as being elegant in strife, to being true ‘Mericans and reaching for a better standard finalf5of life even in what seems to be desperate times. This translates to very geometric shapes, inspired by intelligence (artificial or not) and structure, longer hemlines and a straight silhouettes reflect the 30s decade. These two elements combine to create interesting styles that reflect both a reluctance to let go of the past and reality, as well as the futuristic influence of technology. The overall mood of Spring 2016 will be hopeful, but aware of our current situation. Technology will continue to affect the way we live, including fashion. In the next two years watch as we combine it with the past and present to render reality.

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