While the movement never really died out, it made something of a comeback on the pop culture scene in 2012. Over the past few months, the trend has really resurfaced in cities, large or small, and on their outskirts. Not so long ago, the rave phenomenon was often singled out for criticism. Now it’s the subject of exhibitions! an interactive, multi-sensory exhibition presented by the Scale collective at La Gaité Lyrique (Paris) in early 2016. Rave culture, long confined to the underground and to certain notions about the transgression of social conventions, now finds itself at a turning point. Today, it’s an active driver of night life all over the world. The electronic music dance floor is a catalyst for the visual arts, social/political protest and a specific lifestyle. In response to current tensions or fashion trends, it gets people from every socio-cultural category and age group to gather in common spaces.
Spotted at Runways
Rave music started out in huge concrete warehouses that vibrated all night long with the thud of frenetic bass notes. Over time, it underwent a process of democratization. This component of underground culture gradually led to the development of a rave universe, complete with its own fashions. Today, artists and fashion designers are turning to this cultural heritage and the Nineties techno aesthetic for inspiration. Many houses and creators seem to “under the influence,” such as Kenzo, Miu Miu, Nasir Mazhar and the rising designer Matty Bovan, who collaborated with Miu Miu on its Cruise Collection for 2017.