50 years after landing on the moon: space look since 1969
(Neil Armstrong, at the time of his first step on lunar soil, 1969)
The landing on the moon, this year, is 50 years old and since then this historic event has changed fashion forever. It was July 20, 1969 and Apollo 11, with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, touched lunar terrain for the first time in history. After the Cold War between the USA and Russia, the space race turned its horizon to the moon. Millions of people have witnessed this show and from that moment even fashion has started to create more and more spatial looks.
The first, among the designers, is Andrè Courreges, who, in the 60s, combined the concept of fashion with that of the solar system by focusing on white and silver looks, creating the figure of the “moon girl”, with overalls-pants and glasses.
Following in the 70’s Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin. The first is very future-avant garde, with looks with armor coming from mysterious places and with metal links, as if to highlight an individual of a modern age not specified; the second Pierre Cardin, on the other hand, went beyond the confines of the universe by presenting a “galactic woman”. He was so obsessed with these issues that he created his version of space suit for NASA at the time.
In 1979 and for the 1980s, Thierry Mugler, who distinguished his collections with a humanoid and very cyber aesthetic, with pleated dresses and head covers like astronaut helmets.
From 1995 on the catwalk, spaceships, phantasmagorical creatures and flying saucer dresses born from the pencil of Issey Miyake, which has focused on a look that is always in motion.In the 2000s, on the other hand, the collections expressed the sense of anxiety and possibilism that the new millennium had brought, as something uncertain; in 2007, on the other hand, the famous Star Wars saga became the main inspiration for the space looks of many fashion houses that carried on the fascinating world of lunar fashion.
And today, after fifty years, space and fashion seem to be an inseparable pair where the vision of a life beyond the earth and of boundless and unknown spaces accompany futuristic looks with sidereal nuances, from the milky twilight color, to the orange of dawn, up to the darkest blue nights.