20th Century Styles, According To 1893

The illustrations in this gallery are from a Strand Magazine article from 1893 that was supposed to be a sneak peek of what fashion will look like in the 20th century. The writer even goes so far as to claim that he got these designs from a man who found a book dated 1993 that was full of fashion designs from the 20th century. Looks like Biff Tannen (from Back To The Future) got his hands on the Delorean and decided to blow some 19th century minds.

The designs look more like a gallery of science fiction gear and wild outfits for a far out costume party than, say, a mid-20th century Montgomery Ward catalog, but I think the hippies would have been way cooler if they'd dressed like swashbuckling Asian pirates, and I'm sad that we missed out on wearing giant tasseled sombreros and carrying swords.

Now these off-the-wall designs are just going to end up in Lady Gaga's wardrobe, unless they decide to make a version of The Three Musketeers that takes place on Mars.

--via i09

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