The rise of geek fashion
I read an article yesterday on Mashable which said Google has commissioned up-and-coming artists to create Google-inspired garments - and it got me thinking.
The internet has inspired many fashion statements and the variety seems to increase with each new meme or trend.
Each has inspired clothing and I think it's becoming more acceptable in mainstream society to be a "geek" - and proud of it.
In the 70s, 80s and even 90s, "geeks" or "nerds" were considered by many to be low in the social pecking order. It now seems a young internet generation is coming of age and, well, the times they are a'changing.
Clothing designs influenced by retro computer programs and games have been the domain of nerds for a while, but they've now gained the cool factor of being relics of the past.
By definition, a nerd is... wait... what is a nerd? Check out these definitions from across the web:
* An insignificant student who's ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious.
* A computer expert by aptitude and not mere training. Usually male, under the age of 35 and socially inept.
* An intelligent but single-minded expert in a particular technical field or profession.
* A term, often bearing a derogatory connotation or stereotype, that refers to a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities.
* A person who, though having good technical or scientific skills, is introspective and introverted.
Hmm... is that me? Is that you? Are we nerds!? There's no reason to be ashamed. We can all get together and listen to some nerdcore and we'll actually understand the lyrics. Is that such a bad thing?
Hey, if you're upset with your "insignificance" or "social ineptitude", you could check out this site, which gives interesting tips for those who fit a nerdy mold.
It's common for the fashion industry to look at a vast range of sources for inspiration and I think technology will become increasingly popular in the future of fashion.
It makes me wonder if we'll all end up in those silver spacesuits so many sci-fi authors seem to envision.
What do you think? How strongly is technology influencing our fashion and clothing? Why is that? Generation Z? Do you own any nerdy gear?