Back in the future of 1995, the teen techno-thriller Hackers burst onto cinema screens with its cyber phreak aesthetics, video game visuals and mind-bending techno soundtrack. For many, it was the vibrancy of the cartoon-like, surreal costumes that gave the film its unique identity, cult status and era-defining quality that still resonates today.
Styled by costume designer Roger K. Burton, the film is credited with giving hacker culture its cool credentials and reinterpreting cyberpunk by taking in influences from countless mid 90s style tribes: street punk, techno, surf, skateboard, grunge, drag, rave, fetish and exotic club culture scenes. A plethora of fashion labels make an appearance - Adidas, Animal, Black Flys, Casio, Christopher Nemeth, Dope, Dr Martens, Fuct, La Rocka, Michiko Koshino, Nike, Oakley, Quicksilver and Vivienne Westwood - crashing into a glorious fusion of high-techno style.
For the first time since the movie’s release twenty-five years ago, sci-fi fans and fashion geeks can get close and personal to a display of the main cast’s costumes, accessories and Rollerblades. Also included in the exhibition are the original mood boards for each character, key on-set costume books containing all the character Polaroids in their outfits - scene by scene, and rarest of all, photos from the fittings, including in some of the outfits that didn’t make the final cut.
Email: popculture@thehorsehospital to book your visiting slot.