Cyberpunk fashion is the future of streetwear fashion. It is a movement that combines clothing and accessories elements from punk rock and cyber futuristic subcultures.
Cyberpunk Fashion Designers
The cyberpunk style draws influences from various sources, mainly from Japanese, Hong Kong, and Western cultures. The fusion of these elements results in a futuristic look with a retro-tech feel.
Many designers have an essential role in developing this style, but today we will be discussing 3 of them only. These three designers are:
Yohji Yamamoto (山本 耀司, Yamamoto Yōji, born October 1943) is a Japanese fashion designer based in Tokyo and Paris. Considered a master tailor alongside those such as Madeleine Vionnet, he is known for his avant-garde tailoring featuring Japanese design aesthetics.
Yamamoto's work has also become familiar to audiences in film, especially in the creation of stylist Catherine Baba. Such films include Wim Wenders' 2000 film The Million Dollar Hotel and the 2011 film Pina, for which he designed costumes for the dancers from the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch company.
His commercial brand, Y-3 (started with Adidas in 2002), was well-received in sports and fashion.
Rick Owens is an American fashion designer from Porterville, California. He is known for his avant-garde aesthetic that pushes the boundaries of traditional shapes. Owens' pieces are clarified by elongated silhouettes and a dark, mysterious palette. Owens launched his namesake line after studying pattern-making at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. In 2013, he was awarded the CFDA's Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments in fashion design.
Rick Owens debuted a "cyberpunk" collection for his spring/summer 2014 Paris Fashion Week show, which featured a runway flanked by two gigantic mounds. We were later to learn were models wearing garments from the collection. It was one of the most talked-about shows during that season and garnered considerable press in magazines such as Vogue and W Magazine.
Virgil Abloh is a fashion designer born in 1980 and was raised in Chicago. He studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology and design at the Milan Polytechnic. In 2016 he became the first African-American head of menswear design for Louis Vuitton. He has a bold, avant-garde style that can be identified with his attention to detail and intense color palette. His fashion line blurs between masculinity and femininity, virgin and prostitute, suaveness and crudeness, purity and sensuality.
After working with Kanye West and Jay-Z, Abloh founded OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH, launching his streetwear label in 2014. Now he's something of a celebrity himself—the subject of front-page features and on the cover of magazines like Vogue. His effortless style has been imitated worldwide by celebrities and fashion wannabes alike."