Saturday, June 25, 2022




With the dawning of a new decade, many began speculating on the kinds of fashions and aesthetics that would dominate the 2020s. Naturally, the most common guess was that the look and feel of the 1920s would be recreated a century later. In reality, however, 2020’s fashions are projected to take inspiration from those of the 1970s.

The modern revival of ‘70s fashion began as a prediction, especially since the style has influenced those of the following decades ever since its inception. Chief among The List’s early guesses as to what trends would return was the prevalence of denim, particularly flared pant legs and denim jumpsuits. Other conjectures included neon colors, crochet tops, and wide collars.

Surely enough, several of these ’70s fashion staples ended up making appearances on the spring runways of New York Fashion Week. Publications such as Harpers Bazaar and Who What Wear featured ‘70s-style clothes among their various collections of runway fashions. The most noteworthy of these restored trends was the disco collar, a wide collar inspired by the formal wear of the historic Studio 54, adorning various jackets and blazers. The disco collar was featured prominently by such exalted designer labels as Paco Rabanne, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Saint Laurent. (Pieri & Fisher, 2020) Another standout 1970s fashion trend that was brought into the modern era was the crochet dress, a garment renowned as especially feminine in its time. Such an iconic style of dresses proved timelessly beautiful on the contemporary runways of Fendi, Marni, and many others. Lastly, more subtle ‘70s influences came in the form of neon outfits, maxi dresses, and psychedelic floral prints on various blouses and dresses. (Lowe, 2020) Even the exceptionally short shorts on display were somewhat reminiscent of those casually worn in that bygone decade.

The incorporation of 1970s fashion lends itself to rather innovative modern interpretations of the style. The popularity of Afros during the decade coincides impeccably with the contemporary resurgence of the natural hair movement. Furthermore, not only were the ’70s were a time of glamour and flamboyance, but they were also an era in which black, Latino, and LGBT+ culture thrived through disco. With the diminishing stigma of disco music and culture as well as the current growing prominence of social justice, it is more possible than ever for a later decade to co-opt and expand upon 1970s aesthetics.

As an example, the Luxe Kurves article “NYFW Kurves Highlights” showcased the plus-sized models walking the runway, some of whom wore brilliant, extravagant dresses. (Lee, 2020) Such vibrancy would perhaps be further strengthened by modeling them more closely after the trends of the 1970s. A much more blatant example lies within another Luxe Kurves article, “Oscars Red Carpet Luxe Picks”. Musician and actress Janelle Monae was pictured in a head shawl that invokes Grace Jones’s unique style, and her silver dress itself glimmered in a manner resembling a disco ball. (Brandee J, 2020)

Overall, if 1970s fashion is embraced in the 2020s, the result will be some truly unforgettable artistic expression.