The fashion industry frequently references eras from the past to create new trends in the present, but what happens when they look to the future? Here are some of the most recent futuristic fashion statements

ITomorrowland: A World Beyond, people dress the way Fifties America thought we’d dress now: baggy suits (albeit with no ties) for men, geometric dresses for women, fitted jumpsuits for jetpack riding. In real life, fashion has had 60 years to imagine and re-imagine the future. Here are eight recent examples. Some might actually catch on. Some might not…

H&M’s space suits
At Paris Fashion Week in March this year, H&M enlisted French model and style icon Caroline de Maigret to show off an Interstellar-inspired silver space suit from its Studio Line. H&M also transformed the French capital’s Grand Palais exhibition centre into a dystopian moonscape for the show.

Chance of catching on: 4/10

Giles Deacon’s giant helmets
For Giles Deacon’s spring/summer 2009 collection, the UK designer clashed two extremely unexpected film looks: the dress from Pretty in Pink and the helmet from 2001: A Space Odyssey – although the oversized headgear could just as easily have been a giant PacMan, from the vintage arcade game. While this look may never have become “a thing”, it does give a certain cachet to helmet hair.

Chance of catching on: 3/10

Avant garde: Lady Gaga steps out of a translucent egg during her performance at the Grammy Awards in 2011 Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images/MARK RALSTON

Lady Gaga’s space egg
Before bursting forth to perform at the 2011 Grammys, Lady Gaga supposedly spent 48 hours inside this giant receptacle designed by Hussein Chalayan and strongly resembling the pods from Alien (and The Matrix, and Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, and indeed any sci-fi film with pods). Whether or not you believe she takes “getting in the zone” that seriously, she emerged from her incubation in high style, complete with Avatar-esque blue lipstick and eyeliner.

Chance of catching on: 1/10

Alexander McQueen’s anti-gravity shoes
The first ever fashion show to be live-streamed on the internet (sort of – it turned out the server wasn’t quite up to it), the late Alexander McQueen’s last full collection was set in a post-apocalyptic world where the ice-caps had melted and humans had evolved into amphibians wearing sculptural, digitally printed dresses, prosthetically enhanced faces and those famous towering 12 inch-high “Armadillo” shoes.

Chance of catching on: 5/10

Sci-fi leanings: metallic jumpsuits at H&M, Google Glass at Diane Von Furstenberg and bold colours at Christian Dior Credit: Rex Features

Diane von Furstenberg unveils Google Glass
The kaftan dresses at the New York designer’s 2012 show were not particularly futuristic – but what were those things the models were wearing on their faces? Said headsets proved to be prototypes of Google’s “wearable technology”, which Diane von Furstenberg had used to make a behind-the-scenes film in the week leading up to the show. It didn’t really take off. But don’t worry, we hear Google Glass 2.0 is on the way…

Chance of catching on: 8/10

Dior’s retro-future leisurewear
This month, Dior’s Raf Simons will present a leisurewear collection in the “Bubble Palace” in the south of France – an incredible, futuristic house designed by Antti Lovag for the French fashion designer Pierre Cardin. While not as extreme as some of Cardin’s own space-age designs in the Fifties and Sixties, Simons’ recent looks for Dior certainly riff on them, with printed catsuits and thigh high PVC boots.

Chance of catching on: 7/10

Fyodor Golan’s smartphone tutu
Remember Nicole Scherzinger’s “Twitter” dress, where 2,000 LED lights displayed incoming tweets to mark the launch of EE’s 4G network? Well, Fyodor Golan’s dress for Nokia last year made that look positively lo-fi. It was a layered skirt made of 80 Nokia Lumia Smartphones, each broadcasting snatches from a photographic collage. How many phones does a girl need?

Chance of catching on: 4/10

Gareth Pugh’s cage dresses
Caged gladiator sandals may indeed be doing the rounds this season, but Gareth Pugh’s starkly sculptural cage dresses of 2012 were a mite more sci-fi warrior. The designer, well known for his futuristic leanings, finished the show with a terrifying, high-heeled, faceless model wearing head-to-toe black PVC.

Chance of catching on: 3/10

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