Strange and bizarre fashion often makes the news. The fashion industry is huge and constantly evolving and each decade has had its fair share of trends. Some, we embrace to this day, such as the classic Chanel suit which is still regarded as the height of glamour and elegance. Others, we desperately try to forget, like super high platform sneakers popularised by the Spice Girls in the 1990's.
In recent years, fashion has become louder and prouder, stranger than ever before. Brooke Candy, pictured above, is the Californian stripper-turned-singer who is infamous for her garish image and shocking outfits, such as a futuristic metal bikini and pink cornrows which she debuted in Grimes' music video for her hit song Genesis. Brooke embodies, in many ways, the internet has become a huge influence on fashion, as her style picks up on many viral online trends, so much so that Candy's fashion sense is described as "stripper-meets-Tumblr". Lady Gaga still remains at the forefront of bizarre fashion, with her outlandish outfits now being hailed as legendary.
More recently, however, the fashion industry has begun to use technology in futuristic and unexpected ways, making it clear that not even clothing will remain undigitised in our technology-obsessed age. Moreover, with recent changes to our environment including pollution, climate change and air travel, our fashion needs are changing and these are changes which the fashion industry has responded to in some unusual and brave ways. We've compiled a sample of 7 of the truly bizarre items of clothing that represent the weird and wonderful things the modern fashion industry has to offer in the 21st century.
7 Stylised Pollution Masks
6 Mexican Pointy Boots
5 Eye Jewellery
4 Ravijour "True Love Tester" Bra
Luxury Japanese lingerie manufacturer Ravijour recently created a revolutionary new bra which they claim "knows truly how women feel". Ravijour claims that the stylish bra will stay firmly shut, and will only unhook when sensors in the bra detect the presence of the wearer's true love. The bra is designed to literally pop open upon contact with your loved one. An added benefit is the tight clasp, which will not open for unwanted suitors.
3 Gaga's Meat Dress
In 2010, Lady Gaga donned one of the most memorable gowns in the history of fashion. At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, Gaga had three costume changes. The first was an Alexander McQueen dress, then one by Giorgio Armani, and finally, a dress made out of raw beef by Argentinian artist Franc Fernandez. The dress was hailed by Time magazine as the biggest fashion statement of 2010. For $6,000, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had the dress turned into jerky by taxidermists so that it could go on display.
2 Hitler Chic
A disturbing trend has recently emerged amongst teenagers in Thailand. The nature of this trend really is beyond belief: frivolous cartoon images of Hitler are plastered onto clothing (pictured above is one of the most popular cartoons, Hitler dressed as a Teletubbie, complete with a swastika antennae). Variations include stick-on swastika tattoos, SS themed bicycle helmets and even a fried chicken joint in Bangkok named - you guessed it - "Hitler".
1 Intimacy 2.0- The Transparent Dress
Studio Roosegaarde, a Dutch company, has recently designed a dress that they claim to be the merging of "body and technology". The dress, named Intimacy 2.0, is available in both black and white. The dress is made from both leather and smart e-foils, which are full of tiny sensors which have the ability to monitor the wearer's heart rate and temperature. The dress will become increasingly transparent as the wearer's interactions with another become more and more intimate. Bizarre as it may be, it is undeniable that the concept of the dress is a revolutionary idea. Studio Roosegaarde are certainly a forward-thinking bunch of people, having already developed a dance floor that can generate electricity.
It is hard to see what the future holds for the Intimacy 2.0. While many have praised the dress on both its concept and design, it has come under fire by others who pointed out that many situations can raise a human's heart rate, such as fear and shock, in which case this dress could become a nightmare...
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