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The Future is Now; Ridley Scott Might be Disappointed

Influential 1982 sci-fi classic ‘Blade Runner’ depicts the futuristic fashion of November 2019, and we have failed its vision.

Take a look in the mirror. If you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt, you’re wrong; time to step into the future. Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner depicts Los Angeles in the far-off future of November 2019, which is delightfully grungy, punk, and post-apocalyptic. Fashions created for the film by Michael Kaplan and Charles Knode have been a constant muse for designers, from Givenchy to Alexander McQueen, since the film’s 1992 release. As we close in on that future world of November 2019, it’s clear that a little anarchy is needed if we want to fulfill our dystopian aesthetic destiny. Cut some holes in your leggings. Wear a garbage bag as a dress. The future is high fashion, and we’re just not that cool yet. We’ve got smog and Siri, though. Does that count?

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Cybersecurity specialist by day, investigative journalist by night.