Powered by Bravenet Bravenet Blog

Subscribe to Journal

Wednesday, February 5th 2020

5:51 PM

Aesthetic Appreciation of Technicalities

I f you have ever watched 20th century film or television programming, it's fascinating to see what is valued and appreciated versus what is upheld as normal. This is not just with behaviour, but also with what is accepted as a standard of life, such as the material aspects and their interaction with our world back then. Be it then or now, we embrace the things that act as props for our sensibilities, such as the way plot-lines are created that hinges on our innovations. Stories in the ages before the advent of the cell phone would be reduced to a blip, or would cease to be; our whole lifestyle has changed dramatically with a swipe or two due to a block of technology we carry with us in our pockets or our bags. We marvel privately at this; think of how many times have you had a conversation where you talk about how you'd be lost if you lost your phone, how your world would crash...until you got a new device and retrieved whatever you did back-up on, of course, but still, look at that. What a contrast from how people lived not more than a generation ago..or even a decade ago. Never before have we depended upon something so small that did so much.

For those who lived longer, i.e. those who had the formative years before Y2K, this chasm is more astute. It's like those who lived before and after the age of the automobile, the telephone and electricity. They remember how things were so different and how technological advancements had overhauled their world and, along with it, their worldview. Ours is the condensing of technology, the access to the wealth of information nobody before thought possible, and the accessibility of both. It's more cerebral, too. And knowledge is sexy. Whenever we have a technological milestone evolve, we almost fetish it and then commercialize this appreciation. The impact it makes becomes rather apparent when it impacts things we consume, so when fashion includes it in its dialogue, it's worth having a second look.

Our appreciation of all things technical has broadened. It is connected to our technology, but not in the more obvious manner. Yes, we are surrounded with the things that were once the domain of science fiction, but rather it's the ability to be informed that has changed our capacity to be more sophisticated in our understanding of things beyond our conventional grasp. With a click of a button, we can learn more about anything around us. We have apps to take a picture and define what we have before us. We have links to explain and expand our knowledge, if need be. We can become experts of any topic without having a four-year degree thanks to the collective compilation of the world's knowledge in the palm of our hands. And how can we not appreciate more complex things when our awareness and knowledge become more enhanced. So, whereas a blueprint or a schematic would once only appeal to someone who was immersed in the technical field it was connected to, now we have a broader appreciation where the art of the execution is given more consideration. Again, knowledge is sexy; it certainly is in our century.

Hence, we see some creatives from a range within the fashion world toying with the fascination of complex information and data imagery, such as those from Balmain (here), Mary Katrantzou (here), Nike (here) and Shenova (here) . Sparse as these may be in the scheme of things, these displays of information appreciation are found along a broad spectrum. Yes, they "look cool" but they also enlighten the passive curious mind that we now support, and the items chosen are interesting for their subject matter as much as for the pattern and design. It says a lot for a society when we find art in anything informative we choose, validating the benefits of appreciation in the process, and more encouraging to find these shared on social media, inspiring others as they get passed along.

.

More to come, fashion fans. Lots more to say.

11 Say something....

Posted by Dewayne:

I like sci-fi! I'd love to see that on clothes as prints!

This comment has been moderated by the blog owner

Friday, September 18th 2020 @ 8:01 AM

Posted by Marilou:

This must be a niche trend, although some stuff looks very techy. Maybe I just noticed it now.

This comment has been moderated by the blog owner

Thursday, September 17th 2020 @ 5:06 AM

Posted by Felipa:

I'm studying fashion graphic history, and it's so interesting. It looks like science is a more recent theme versus a few decades ago.

This comment has been moderated by the blog owner

Tuesday, September 15th 2020 @ 10:53 PM

Posted by Holley:

I confess I didn't know what Y2K was. Thanks for putting the links to these terms in your stories. Good job!

This comment has been moderated by the blog owner

Tuesday, September 15th 2020 @ 12:31 AM

Posted by Shonda:

As mentioned earlier, the trend didn't take. I think it's because of covid 19. Thoughts?

(EDIT NOTE: in a way, yes, predominantly and there's more to it)

This comment has been moderated by the blog owner

Saturday, September 12th 2020 @ 4:20 PM

Posted by Wilburn:

Interesting, someone else said the same thing, that this "trend" didn't stick. What does that say about people, that they can't sustain favoring intellectual stuff?

This comment has been moderated by the blog owner

Sunday, August 30th 2020 @ 8:24 PM

Posted by Jeannie:

You know what else I don't see so much of? Logos.

This comment has been moderated by the blog owner

Monday, August 17th 2020 @ 3:22 AM

Posted by Laverne:

Looks like this trend didn't last long. Such is fashion.

This comment has been moderated by the blog owner

Thursday, July 16th 2020 @ 5:42 PM

Posted by Kathaleen:

Nice writing, and did anyone else notice that the more examples in this blog the longer the trend?

This comment has been moderated by the blog owner

Thursday, July 16th 2020 @ 2:20 PM

Posted by Virgie:

Very nice post and straight to the point. Does that mean clothes will be more high tech?

This comment has been moderated by the blog owner

Thursday, July 16th 2020 @ 8:04 AM

Posted by Kevin:

I love the efforts you have put in this, regards for all the great blog posts.

This comment has been moderated by the blog owner

Thursday, July 16th 2020 @ 7:24 AM

Post New Comment

No Smilies More Smilies »