A Portugese designer proves that video games and fashion make a fine combination. This designer channels the classic 8 bit games we all have come to love back in the 1970s and 1980s into her creations. And it was also in those years that most of us had our first hand at consoles and unforgettable pixeled classics such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., Game and Watch, and Space Invaders.
Katty Xiamora, the designer behind this concept, created a fashion line called 8 Bit Flashback. In order to bring together these retro titles with today’s current technological period and the future era, she made everything from this line using a 3D printer. Every piece from this line was devised by none other than Xiamora herself. She has just made a new way to bring old school and new school together. The fashion like includes all sorts of outfits and pieces of clothing such as flared trousers, brightly colored tops with long pointed collars, and other garments that were a hit in the 70’s and 80’s.
However, the very stars of this fashion line are the accessories that she crafted. There are rings, bracelets, bangles, and buttons that have a highly distinct “pixelated” appearance. All of them were made using 3D printing technology. In an interview, Xiamora says, “I’ll be honest; I’ve been in love with 3D printing for quite a while now. We thought that even
though we’re talking about games that were very two-dimensional at the time, and very flat, we wanted to bring this idea of the square, the pixel, out through the screen. The opportunity to get in touch with BEEVERYCREATIVE arose and everything came together very well.” She also states that her very inspiration for this fashion is going back in time and bringing up what sparked our interest, involvement and obsession with technology back to the surface.
Katty Xiamora is a critically acclaimed designer with experience and expertise with crafting materials out of traditional and modern methods, she has won first place in a
“Fashion and Technology” design competition in Italy. She is also a mainstay of Portuguese Fashion Week since 1998 and has received several awards and recognitions from around the world.