1930s Fashion Designers Imagine Year 2000

From 1930 to 1941, Pathetone Weekly ran film clips that highlighted ‘the novel, the amusing and the strange.’ At some point during the 1930s (the exact date isn’t clear), Pathetone asked American designers to look roughly 70 years into the future and hazard a guess about how women might dress in Year 2000. Apparently, fashion designers don’t make great futurists, and the designs fell rather wide of the mark — unless you want to count Lady Gaga’s wardrobe, in which case they didn’t do a half bad job. Or, for that matter, the male connected 24/7 to his phone and sundry gadgets…


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  1. Trisha says . . . | September 2, 2011 / 7:39 am

    OK, the guy with all the gadgets attached to him wasn’t far off! Thanks for sharing. This is fantastic.

  2. Carol A says . . . | September 2, 2011 / 6:35 pm

    The “fashion show” fashions don’t look out of place, but who could have predicted the rise of the jeans and t-shirt!

  3. Stephen Ryan says . . . | September 2, 2011 / 9:31 pm

    Some of the ladies fashions are far more appealing than the nonsense shown on the catwalks of Paris and Milan.

  4. filigree says . . . | September 3, 2011 / 6:03 am

    oooh, swish!!!!

    lol

  5. Alison says . . . | June 29, 2012 / 2:21 am

    Well, the portable phone attached to the man’s shirt was kind of accurate! Loved the womens’ fashions, so fantastically elegant.

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  7. Susane Popovski says . . . | April 16, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    They were not wrong about men and the telephone.

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