We’ve seen a lot of fashion brands turn to the digital space, releasing virtual clothing for games and the metaverse, but what if the relationship went the other way and they took inspiration from gaming? Well, a designer has conceived a concept for a fashion inspired by the classic 90s horror game Resident Evil.
Alfred Pietroni’s A Granted Wish capsule is a tribute to the low-resolution but deeply developed graphics of the N64 and early Playstation. Their designs date back to a time when video games featured characters and outfits that somehow looked surprisingly futuristic despite the primitive polygon graphics available, and the results are downright terrifying (if you look at contemporary gaming inspiration). Check out our pick of the best PS5 games).
Pietroni, who studied illustration and visual media at Camberwell College of the Arts and then completed his degree at the London College of Communication, described A Granted Wish as “a 27-piece digital collection exploring blood, dirt, evolution and reincarnation”. as described. And there’s certainly a fair splash of blood in the Digital Runway offerings.
She has drawn inspiration from the games of her youth and developed the dress texture by blending and compiling together textures and patterns using Zbrush. The results are part Vogue fashion shoots part gothic sci-fi horror. And it’s a look we’d love to see on the actual catwalk. We think knee-high boots and elbow gloves studded with rusty nails could be next season’s biggest trend.
We love to see how designers are taking inspiration from the retro graphics that inspired them. We recently saw how someone used AI to give ’90s video game characters a hilarious upgrade, but both of these projects remind us how dramatic and futuristic primitive graphics with limited textures can be. (Pietroni’s work is much more interesting than the new Fortnite x Ralph Lauren collab) You can see more of Pietroni’s work on his website (opens in new tab),