It seemed like a moment when experimental label PH5 became the first model to create their own CGI model and ambassador, which starred in their New York Fashion Week presentation. Two weeks later, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana went a few steps further to replace humans with machines. While the cast that walked the Dolce & Gabanna runway on Monday fall 2021 was mostly human, it unmistakably included a range of multifunctional humanoid iCub and R1 robots.
These bots were the real deal. The Italian designers worked with Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, a Genoa-based scientific research center specializing in artificial intelligence and “service robotics”. With a little coding, the researchers enabled the bots to generate some of the collection’s whopping 135 looks. Others simply slid down the runway laden with necklaces, pearls, and purses.
Robotics has also influenced the aesthetics of the show. The designers gave in to the continuing demand for setbacks in the house’s 1990s, and sometimes explicitly; One slogan tea simply said, “90s.” As for the more contemporary accents, some people were wrapped in clear PVC. It’s a reminder of D & G’s past with Aqua, the group famously proclaiming “Living in Plastic It’s Awesome”, though reminiscent of PSA in the present.
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