The revealed truth from a dreaming gentleman in Cade-Gall’s piece is that during the 20th Century the “immutable laws” of fashion were discovered, and fashion became a science in 1940. And lo, the Grenoble School of Management now offers a Master of Science in Fashion, Design and Luxury Management.
Here are some of the predicted fashion items. Probably not so far off for a brief time in some circles in the sixties, and in academia today.
The 80s & 90s:
As I’ve noted previously, predicting cultural trends is less common, so this is an interesting comical example.
[Update: Just occurred to me that Cade-Gall just about nailed Split Enz:
In the 1930’s another tongue-in-cheek prediction of fashion appeared in the cinemas.
Though we chuckle over these examples, it doesn’t stop our continuing predilection for prediction. Although fashion prediction, beyond the next season, is now becoming more about the technologies in the clothes.
And, of course, my most brilliant idea of this year was predicting the creation of the World of Wearable Tech.