#4: Space Age Fashions
When Russian Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in 1961 followed by American Alan Shepard that same year, designers like Andre Courreges, Pierre Cardin and Paco Rabanne began to look beyond the earth’s horizons for fashion inspiration.
Andre Courreges even had a collection called “Moon Girl” in 1964, consisting of simple white mini dresses, helmet hats and shiny plastic white go-go boots. The collection was born from Courreges’ belief that the future of fashion would be a simple one of clean lines and ready-to-wear garments, as if the wearer needed a uniform for steering her space capsule through the air.
Plastic dresses, chain metal tops and clear vinyl rain coats are some of the more memorable mod trends from Space Age fashion, also called the “Cosmic Era” by Courreges for its ethos of unlimited, untapped futuristic potential for mankind.
By: Sammy Davis Vintage (Photo Credit: Deconstruction on Madison Avenue / Vintage Venus)