Saturday 12 February 2011

The Future That Never Was

From the 29th of January 2011 until the 5th of June 2011 the Fashion Museum of Hasselt (MMH) shows visions of the future from the past, and the possible future of tomorrow. The Future That Never Was presents a 'futuristic' view on the magical year 2000 from designers from the sixties and shows you a glance of new possibilities of tomorrow.

I was at the opening of 'The Future That Never Was' on the 28th January. Here is finally the report this exhibition that you have to see!

My compliments to MMH team for their work.
Curator & concept: Kenneth Ramaekers / Assistant Curator: Eve Demoen/ Research: Lise Braekers & Romy Cockx
Scenography: Lien Wauters
For more information:

Throughout fashion history there has always been a strong connection between fashion and scientific, industrial innovations. Fashion designers have always used new technologies in their designs and the possible image of the future also springs from the new sciences and innovations. Modern discoveries and progress are often directly reflected in their designs and collections.

Anke Loh 'Illuminate'

Christopher Raeburn

Bio Couture by Suzanne Lee

Wieteke Opmeer 'Zaaisieraad'

More about Wieteke Opmeer:


Barbarella is a 1968 science fiction film based on the French Barbarella comics created by Jean-Claude Forest.

Thierry Mugler

In the sixties a new generation of these 'modern' designers rises. Pierre Cardin, Andre Courrèges, Rudi Gernreich and Paco Rabanne amongst others experimented with new forms and (synthetic) materials. These designers often represent an era in which fashion does not find inspiration in the past, but eagerly looks at the future.

Paco Rabanne (Museo del Traje)

Pierre Cardin
(Collection Modemuseum Hasselt)

The clothes that I prefer are those I invent for a life that does not exist yet - the world of tomorrow, Cardin once said. This resulted in dynamic new designs and styles that are still a source of inspiration for many (young) designers today.

Lisa Shanho 'HEXAPELERINE' (2010)

Alexandra Verscheuren

The impact of the industrial revolution on textiles and confection was rather slow in comparison to the changes that were about to happen in the next 50 years. New technological developments and innovations promise to turn the fashion world upside down again. The evolutions in bioscience and technology encourage the creation of new textiles, clothing and functions, always with an eye on aesthetics. One of the most important aspects of this 'eco-fashion' is that it foresees future possibilities and applications in fashion.
Besides this, social, cultural and environmental aspects - for example durability and honest production processes - are gaining importance. On a long term, the fashion world will have to adapt to this. High end fashion is finding more and more difficulties to distinguish itself on a continuing competing market. The demands of the consumer rise, while the budget for fashion gets smaller.

There are some amazing shoes exhibitited that you have to see!

Marloes ten Bhömer

Atalanta Weller

The Future That Never Was places these new possibilities next to the vision of the future of prominent designers from the Space Age period. A period that changed fashion forever.

Scenography: Lien Wauters

Alter Nature: The Future That Never Was is part of Alter Nature, an overarching project by Z33, the Hasselt Fashion Museum and CIAP in collaboration with the MAD faculty, the University of Hasselt, the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), KULeuven University and bioSCENTer.

You may also like this previous post: Alter Nature: We Can

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