In any conversation about cringe-worthy fashion trends, one of the first to be brought up is almost always galaxy print. As early 2010s influences begin to seep back into the world of fashion, a slight revival of this trend is beginning to shine once again. But before we dive into the revival, it is important to know the history of galaxy print.
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In Christopher Kane's 2011 Resort collection, some of the first traces of the galaxy print can be seen. These dresses had classy and relatively timeless silhouettes, with the print on the fabric being the main focus of the collection. At the time and even to this day, garments from this collection are coveted. These gorgeous pieces eventually built so much desire that fast fashion brands began creating styles in similar patterns. As galaxy print trickled down to the mass market, it became widely worn and transformed into the infamous trend that many loathe today.
When galaxy print is brought up, we think of leggings, sweatshirts, jeggings, and just about every other polyester monstrosity that was manufactured in 2012 and ended up in a landfill by 2015. Upon the introduction of this trend to the fashion world, the pieces were works of art. In Dior's Pre-Fall 2023 Menswear collection, Kim Jones attempted to revive this motif of an aesthetically pleasing galaxy print.
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Dior's collection seemed almost reminiscent of when Kane's galaxy print first began to take off— with the silhouettes being timeless, and the print being the focal point of the looks. The entire Dior collection featured space-age fashion. Astronaut helmets, transparent clothing, and space boots, but at the finale of the show, these galaxy prints were sent down the runway.
The impact of this show on fashion is immeasurable. Galaxy print was a trend that many said would "never come back," and its resurgence could pave the way for all the styles we cringe at in hindsight to face a potential revival. That's right— American Apparel "Disco Pants," Jeffrey Campbell Lita Boots, and just about any other item that was re-blogged infinitely on Tumblr in 2013. It's all up for a resurgence in the fashion world.
For now this trend is on silhouettes that are classy, chic, and fit for a runway. However, it will eventually trickle down into the mass market once again. Once it does, it would only make sense to see it paired with other current space-age streetwear trends, like Moon Boots and metallics. Many might cringe at the thought of a galaxy print revival— but as for me, I cannot wait to see those I pass on the street strut their stuff in starry garments once again.