JULIUS FALL/WINTER 2017/18
„Nothing. Gray void.
No matrix, no grid. No cyberspace.
The deck was gone. His fingers were ...
And on the far rim of consciousness, a scurrying,
a fleeting impression of something rushing toward him,
across leagues of black mirror.
He tried to scream.
Routine now: trodes, jack, and flip.”
- Neuromancer, William Gibson, 1984
A Chaotic spread out city, high-tech ghetto, [Sprawl], mixed-race, with an extremely overcrowded population.
People alter their bodies excessively and squat in abandoned buildings.
Beta-fetylamine-based drugs [Dam] overflow the streets, and virtual space AR (Augmented reality) sex is rampant.
Characters connect their nerves to the network and immerse themselves in cyberspace [Jack in] and Crack corporate security [ICE].
Information is stored in the brain as [ROM], visual, auditory, tactile senses come via a [Simustim Deck].
A colony controlled by an enlarged complex enterprise. The Jamaican people, who first settled in the universe, built a sound system in a no gravity environment, birthing a new dub.
And the super-intelligent that exist in the net, mingle with each other.
Neuromancer is a written prophecy of culture and technology, linking the present and the near future in real time.
As triggered by this early 1980s book, this collection uses the future as a propellant.
And their underground culture at the time also exists behind this collection.
George Orwell painted 1984 as a suppressed totalitarian society governed by the symbolic and in reality nonexistent, Big Brother.
The actual 1984 was a gorgeous, and obscene age that considered consumption as god under a bubble economy.
This accelerated madness was especially prominent in the underground scenes like New Wave.
From the early 80s birthed a transcendent genre, the „New Romantic.” Extremely exaggerated clothes and primary and pastel colors flooded in disorder. Futurismo, Russian constructive-style dead-tech artworks overflowed, and the mysterious objects atop buildings served as the backdrop to this lively economy. The world was reminiscent of Rem Koolhaas’s „Delirious New York”. In the streets underneath, the newly born culture of graffiti colored the city vividly. Futura and other artists started their work, and through this movement, the art market has since expanded.
The psychedelic and the age of disco ended with punk. In the USA, there was the no wave movement, while in Europe, Cabaret Voltaire, Neu Bauthen, Fad Gadget, and Depeche Mode made their debut, releasing from Daniel Miller’s „Mute record label.” They are the originators, creating the foundation of current electric music, and have not lost their traction as futurists even now.
This collection was also inspired strongly by Cabaret Voltaire, the first live act of the Hacienda. With the work of J.D. Ballard as a scripture, they explored the fetishized relationship between technology and expression. The basis of modern electric music: techno, and experimental noise was created.
Behind the era of bustle and madness, a new movement was born all over the world. And Neuromancer was published at the end of 1984. Since that year, people have loosened their cultural steps significantly. „Singularity” (technological singularity) is said to come in 2045. The evolution of technology exponentially accelerates, Ai’s intelligence is at a critical point beyond human beings, and it is said that new species will be born in the network. In singularity people take their own backups, the concept of life span disappears.
People will have a completely different perception and philosophy of their existence - The world is moving greatly now towards singularity. Culture is beginning to be created around the world, with the rapid development of initiators, like network and technology.
I feel that the cultures fuse like a helix of DNA sequence. A new input is flowing like a flood in myself. A Positive evolution has already begun. That is why I am oriented toward the future, why this collection is oriented toward the future.
[ Julius Designer ]
Styling Lambda Takahashi
Photography Tsutomu Ono
Hair Rimi Ura
Make-Up Maki Ihara