Philip K Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” was released as a film, Blade Runner, in 1982, and it changed fashion in a big way. Prior to this film, PVC was big in fashion and Cardin was delivering Jetson’s geometrical designs. Paco Rabanne had the catwalks in a storm.
After Blade Runner, the world of fashion truly changed. Here we review the effect of Blade Runner on men’s fashion back then and now.
The original film
The film was set in 2019, and the character Rick Deckard was assigned to eliminate replicants, which were androids that looked like humans. The character then reflects on his reality and starts to question it, wondering what is truly real and what is not.
Back to the future
To this day, despite being only two years away from the date the film was set in, the film still looks as though it is set in the future. If you compare it to films like Atari that were also made in the 1980s, there is a big difference.
One could say there was real coming together of various aspects that made it work. The modern soundtrack had the effect giving it the sense of a Western Tokyo of sorts. A new release is coming out soon, Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford – again! Harrison Ford has even claimed that he can still fit into his original costume after 30 years.
The original movie costume team – Mead, who also worked on the movie Tron (released in 1982); Ridley Scott, who did the sketches; and Charles Knode and Michael Kaplan, the designers – were real trend setters for the catwalks back then. They influenced the catwalk in a big way, and the designers were showcasing fashions influenced by Blade Runner. Men’s Designer Clothes such as http://ejmenswear.com/brands/farah will always seek to follow catwalk fashion as men and women alike are keen to be on trend.
With the new Blade Runner 2049 being released, the men’s catwalk and fashion trends will once again be hugely impacted by this movie. After all, what man does not want to look like a hero?
Keep an eye on the catwalks of fashion shows and watch as Blade Runner takes the lead in men’s fashion for the autumn season.