The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo might have been postponed, but the 2132 Olympics are powering on—at least in Thom Browne’s universe. The designer took his spring 2021 men’s and women’s collections to an imagined sporting event on the moon, cloaking models in various shades of hopeful white and casting actual Olympians Race Imboden, Kendall Baisden, and Steele Johnson in his look book and film. The message, Browne says, is one of hopefulness for a united future: “The world will always need creativity,” he says—and few do it as imaginatively as Browne. “I like to create something that people haven’t heard of or haven’t seen before.”
His insistence on a boundless and playful creative expression is on display in his genderless garments: skirts, blazers, and the occasional topsy-turvy mash-up of skirts-as-dresses and jackets-as-pants. All this is topped off with boater hats and cloches that allude to the Art Deco aesthetics of the 1932 Olympics held in Los Angeles at the Coliseum. “I think everybody had to figure out how to present the ideas to the world [during the pandemic], and we’re here in L.A. because I got very interested in the 1932 Olympics,” he continues.
That grand sporting stadium, usually home to University of Southern California’s Trojans, hosted Browne and his team as they shot the film to accompany their spring 2021 collection. Hosted by comedian Jordan Firstman, with model Grace Mahary in a supporting role, the film is a sports broadcast from their imagined Olympics on the moon. The sport in question: descending the Coliseum’s steps in Browne’s couture-grade garments, some carrying flags, others sporting reflective aviator sunglasses. The film mixes in-studio, on-location, and drone footage, as well as a special CGI version of Browne’s beloved pup, Hector Browne. Watch how the film was made, live in Los Angeles, in today’s Good Morning Vogue episode, and tune in later this week for a behind-the-scenes look at Matthew Williams’s debut at Givenchy.