Stars, galaxies and outer space: The cosmic print is back in style

& Other Stories Pleated Shirt Dress

Topshop is calling it the return of the “space age”, while & Other Stories is dubbing it “A girl’s guide to the galaxy”; however you want to phrase it, the cosmic trend is back in a big way with high street retailers.

While the stores gear up for this season’s style offerings aka galactic gear (everything from star print dresses to sneakers) we’ve pulled together a mini guide on how the cosmic prints have evolved in recent years.

2011: Cosmic: print & graphics 

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We saw the emergence of this capsule trend in 2011, within the print and graphics arena. From street style shots in London to the spring/summer 2012 catwalks, the cosmos and space age-inspired fabrics and techniques were pushing a futuristic galaxy style.
 Prints ranged from photographic all-overs to more stylised planet prints. Dark grounds and pop almost-neon colours were key and worked well alongside holographic and iridescent heat-transfer applications and embellishments.

2012: Blame it on Balenciaga


Ready to wear Fall Winter 2012 Balenciaga Paris March 2012

Ready to wear Fall Winter 2012 Balenciaga Paris March 2012

During S/S 13 London Fashion Week, our street style photographer captured the space influence again, this time courtesy of the Balenciaga galaxy print sweat which proved a popular item for street style stars and editors. The cropped waistline, dropped and domed shoulder, plus signature print made it a must-buy item.

The Kooples cosmic print

The Kooples cosmic print

In 2013 – this trickled down to the youth retail market which looked to science fiction for inspiration, sci-fi elements and retro-futuristic slogan fonts featured as graphics, with neon turquoise and purple pop on dark grounds.

2013: The continued catwalk influence 


Jean Paul Gaultier’s AW14/15 collection was an ode to outer space.

Autumn 2015: The Star Wars effect
The fashion and beauty worlds embraced the new movie Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Covergirl’s global creative design director, Pat McGrath,  produced six galaxy-inspired conceptual beauty looks to accompany the new limited edition line. 


Autumn 2016: The rise and rise of cosmic retail
The cosmic retail trend is back in a big way for womenswear retailers, and high street fashion stores. Influenced by the passing of the star man himself, Mr David Bowie, stars and galaxies are a huge design detail right now.
& Other Stories Pleated Shirt Dress

& Other Stories Pleated Shirt Dress

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Topshop’s Metallic space-age campaign.



Silver cosmic footwear brand Hobes- The Point Hobe.


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