Psychedelics, such as ayahuasca, magic mushrooms, and DMT, have influenced various cultures and traditions since ancient history. They've played a major role in dance, art, music and fashion from one generation to another. Not only can psychedelics induce mind-altering effects, history has shown that they can also stir a counterculture movement and change art and fashion trends even amongst the world's most conservative people.
The fashion industry has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the waves of psychedelic revival, which started in the early 2000s. The impact is glaring in many of today's fashion statements – from runways to pattern and color trends.
Influences of Psychedelic Fashion
The fashion world has been “trippy” in the past few years, as more brands compete to tap into the psychedelic-influenced comebacks in the industry. The following are some of the recent fashion trends influenced by the ongoing hallucinogen renaissance.
Saturated Colors and Patterns
One of the most colorful moments in western history was the1960s-70s counterculture movement, which was heavily influenced by psychedelics. The bright, heavily saturated hallucinogen-fuelled art gradually made its way into the mainstream fashion world. The ban on psychotropics during the drug war affected almost all the concepts associated with psychedelics, including research, therapies, music, fashion and festivals.
However, with theresurgence in the 2000s, fashion industry players went color-happy. This became quite noticeable in 2008 whenpsychedelic-inspired designs, such as saturated hues of lemon, lime, tangerine, violet, fuchsia and other related statement-making patterns dominated runways. To bring more life into the renaissance, some designers started working with psychedelic experts. A good example was thecollaboration between Miss Sixty and the renowned psychedelics expert Bob Masse. Masse’s work commemorative poster of Janis Joplin became a major highlight at the year’s winter/fall presentation.
Apart from clothing, the movement also influenced modern jewelry choices. Thejewelry trends before the 60s were more of white pastel, textured gold and colored pearls. But as the counterculture movement became more popular, people needed jewelry that matched their flamboyant, color-saturated clothing. That ushered in the gold designs that reigned supreme with glitzy and feminine pearls, all of which were influenced by pop art. They featured striking designs, geometric shapes and bright colours. The large earrings, big bangles and rings that are vogue in today's world have a lot to do with the psychedelic counterculture movement.
Mini Skirt, Colored Tights, Hot Pants, Plastic Macs
Jack Kennedy, Twiggy, and Mary Quant were among the popular fashion icons during the 1960s counterculture era. Quant, in particular, can best be described asthe epitome of the sixties wardrobe trends and styles. The mini skirt, colored tights, hot pants and plastic macs were pioneered and popularized by her. Other ladies’ clothing styles that came with the movement include tie-dye, batik fabrics and bell-bottom jeans, as well as paisley prints. All these fashion concepts have made several comebacks and have become even more trending since the beginning of the 21st Century.
Many of today's popular hairstyles were invented or popularized during the psychedelics movements in the 60s. For women, it marked the beginning of big hairstyles and large amounts of hair spray, as popularized by the musical Hairspray. The beehive hairdos, short styles, and long straight hair became a trend that decade. The chin-length contour, and pageboy were other common styles highly influenced by psychedelics.
For men, ducktails, and mop-top hairstyles, also became a trend thanks to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and other musical icons. Beatlemania might have had its peak in the sixties, butthe influence that the Fab Four made on the culture is still very much with us. And the mop-top hairstyles are some of the enduring fashion statements we still have today.
The Future of Psychedelic-Influenced Designs in the Fashion Industry
Psychedelics, especially LSD, MDMA, and magic mushrooms, have fought many battles, including the stereotyping, stigmatization, and drug war, particularly in the 1960s through the early 70s. But with the recent resurgence across the world, it is safe to say psychedelic fashion is here to stay.
During spring, psychedelic prints flooded both fashion runways and Instagram. Top brands, such as Tom Ford, Raf Simons, Collina Strada, La Double J, Gabriela Hearst, Koy & Victoria, all took a trip with psychedelic prints. Miaou, Tony Tafuro, Lisa Says Gah, Paloma Wool, and Emilio Pucci also graced the season with various psychedelic-inspired designs.
Psychedelic designs will also highlight this summer’s fashion trend. “I am a firm believer that psychedelic prints will take over this summer,”says Vogue’s market editor, Naomi Elizée. This shows that psychedelic prints seem to have secured their future in the fashion industry thanks to the 21st-century resurgence.
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