terça-feira, 15 de maio de 2012


Mention the 1960s or 1970s and a clear picture comes to mind of the styles of those times. But what would a picture of the 2000s look like? In our first instalment, Nick Coleman asks designers, curators and authors to pick the styles and items that have defined the past ten years ...

iPhone. Txt spk
What is the Mini of today? Probably the iPhone. I wish I could say floor-length dresses or big green hats, but I can’t. Communication is the issue now, not freedom and mobility: iPhone, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter. This is a big sea-change: it is more about communication through the word and less about the image. OK, we have image-sharing websites now, but what is more important is text. A few years ago the lament was that nobody writes anything any more; but actually people now write a lot. The typed, rather than spoken, word is the image of our decade.
LOUISE WILSON, Professor of fashion, Central Saint Martins
Tracks and Ts. It-bags
If you looked down from Mars what you’d see would be hordes and hordes of people, all wearing a version of combat trousers and a T-shirt. As if they were off to war, or a sports track.
Because of the incredible rise of the high street, style became utterly democratised: individuality seeped away and people of every class all wore a version of the same thing, whether it was from Gap or a big label. Hence the importance of the It-bag: when everybody is equally dressed down, a bag is the only way to proclaim a high-fashion badge. Everything else was about repetition and looking backwards, from the Sienna Miller Sixties boho moment to the current Eighties revival. Happier times…
DOMINIC SANDBROOK, Author of “White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties
iPods. Extreme materialism. Politicians cycling
People listening to iPods on their way to work—and not merely as a symbol of technology, but as a representation of a sort of introversion, a retreat within our own bubble. A sort of atomisation—one we’ve imposed on ourselves rather than one we’ve had forced on us by economic forces. I suppose you could see it as the triumph of individualism......

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