It is no secret that we all once proudly owned a tie-dye piece of clothing and while it may of been cool during our childhood days, the graphic eventually died and was buried amongst other nostalgic items. Now, as the old-school becomes the ‘new-school’, a range of designers are bringing it back for the coming seasons, from Louis Vuitton to Alyx, the psychedelic print is back.
The technique of tie-dying originated during the 8th century in Japan, spreading to China, Malaysia and Indonesia. It was between the ’60s and ’70s that the design was re-discovered in the US, adopted by the hippie movement. Taking on a psychedelic approach, tie-dye was found on clothing and accessories, led by Janis Joplin in 1969.
Since then, the technique was adopted by the ’90s grunge culture along with majority of youth.
There was a short break in between the ’90s and 2018, with celebrities attempting to bring back the trend but it was most iconically adopted by Kanye West. As well as being spotted sporting tie-dye goods, it was also subtly added to his ‘Ye’ merch. Designers including close creative partner Virgil Abloh, carried on the movement with his debut Louis Vuitton collection, along with Comme Des Garçons on SS19 pants and jackets, and Cerruti on a number of summer silhouettes.
If the runways are anything to go by, you have an official ‘OK’ and dip into the tie-dye trend. Shop our ICON edit below for the best tie-dye pieces out there.
Satisfy Tie-Dye Print Short-Distance Running Shorts / $290 USD SHOP NOW
Levi’s: Made and Crafted Tie-Dye Fitted T-Shirt / $163 AUD SHOP NOW
Gosha Rubchinskiy Tie-Dye Bomber Jacket / $1,199 AUD SHOP NOW
Adidas By Pharrell Williams Tie-Dye Holi Hu NMD Sneakers / $798 AUD SHOP NOW
Heron Preston Tie-Dye Long Sleeved T-Shirt / $590 AUD SHOP NOW
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