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I guess it is the setting of this photo shoot that reminds me of two of my favorite apocalyptic films, Blade Runner and Mad Max, and some of the cuts look like something Tina Turner might wear in Beyond Thunderdome; or Daryl Hannah as Pris in Blade Runner. The 8 patterns we’re releasing this week seem to tackle the glamorous side of futuristic fashion while fully utilizing metallics of all sorts and a-symmetric silhouettes…

Cut these silhouettes from basic black and adorn with rivets + studs for a glam-punk look. Check them out and tell us what you think:



Grab some crêpe satin + chiffon in a pewter hued silk for this a-symmetric number…



Find some metallic Piqué (which is characterized by raised parallel cords or fine ribbing—twilled cotton and corded cotton are close relatives) to make this cap sleeved dress.



You’ll want some soft metallic jersey for this maxi skirt—then you’ll be sure to shine.



Grab some metalic washed silk or faconne to remake this dress with a fluid feel.



Score some metallic sequin fabric and take a stab at making this cowl neck dress.



If you’re a fan of exposed zippers you’ll love this dress. Find some shiny blended fabric and get to it.



To achieve this futuristic look find some matelassé (which is ornamented by means of an imitation or suggestion of quilting, the surface being marked by depressed lines which form squares or lozenges in relief) to cut out this metallic top and pair it with these slim fit trousers.

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    Jan 30, 2012, 05.43 AMby rita61

    I was also not pleased with these designs. Unless you are a slim person, the boxy designs will do nothing to flatter. I did however, use a spandex knit to make a Barbie doll dress version of the one shoulder dress, with no zipper; it looks awesome on Barbie. The new magazine has a couple of nice designs for mature figures. :-)

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    Jan 29, 2012, 05.33 PMby Nikki Hozack

    I’d wear metallic in a heartbeat – just not in any of these patterns – seriously, Burda Magazine is out of touch with this round. Many of the patterns are boxy and unflattering, and like many of the posters have commented, none of the patterns have much to do with the groundbreaking cyberpunk genre of Blade Runner. meh all around.

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    Jan 29, 2012, 09.44 AMby buddingnaturalist

    …. have you guys actually seen Blade Runner? How is any of this stuff related to that?

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    Jan 29, 2012, 12.19 AMby turtlegirl00

    i want to make the maxi skirt!!!!

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    Jan 26, 2012, 04.43 PMby Justine of Sew Country Chick

    It reminds me so much of a metallic tunic dress I posted here a couple of weeks ago. I guess I’m on trend!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 09.37 PMby nouvellegamine

    i love your playful themes. i do the same thing when i get my magazine each month. it’s not just “hippie romance,” it’s “Marianne Faithfull” style. it’s not just “new year in the desert,” but “buck rogers,” “mad max,” and “blade runner.”

    hmmm, i might have to live out my space princess/post apocalyptic goddess fantasy in that one shoulder zipper dress.

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    Jan 25, 2012, 04.42 PMby itabenjamin

    I love just about everything here! Big fan of UFO (70’s British TV series) too, maybe that’s the reason. :D

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    Jan 25, 2012, 12.43 PMby vampofstyx

    I like the black dress and the top in the last picture. The black dress makes me think of Karl lagerfeld and the top makes me think of prada spring 2011

    The peasant skirt could use a more geometric shape or a geometric patterned fabric like a black and white stripe. The styling of this skirt looks like Jil sander spring 2011.

    It doesn’t really help the whole futuristic theme when it looks like everyone just left a New Years party in 1998.

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    Jan 25, 2012, 12.29 PMby birdmommy

    I seem to have missed the balloons and disco balls in Bladerunner… :) I think someone in editorial is trying a little too hard!

    I have to agree with many of the other commenters – I like the fabrics, I like most of the patterns – but not together.

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    Jan 25, 2012, 09.56 AMby nikkishell

    None of these patterns appeal to my taste. And i must say, i’ve not bought the last 3 issues (available in Australia) of BurdaStyle mag for the same reason.

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      Jan 25, 2012, 10.11 AMby pythiaalida

      nothing futuristic about i do not like them either except for the bracelet

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    Jan 25, 2012, 05.08 AMby outdooranimal

    I like the assymetric dress cut out of silks, and the exposed zipper dress. Change the overall look, by changing your choice of fabric. These two particular ones, are springboards for inspiration.

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    Jan 24, 2012, 09.20 PMby EricaVee

    Just because something’s made in a shiny fabric doesn’t make it “futuristic.” Only a couple of these patterns go with the theme.

    That being said, the second dress is gorgeous in that dark metallic fabric.

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      Jan 25, 2012, 02.13 AMby whiteelephant

      I couldn’t agree more. None of these are remotely futuristic, especially the peasant skirt.

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    Jan 24, 2012, 08.44 PMby Stitchless

    Very postmodernistic (if that’s a word!)

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    Jan 24, 2012, 08.10 PMby janul

    hm, I don´t really like the patterns, but those materials look interesting, for evening wear…

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    Jan 24, 2012, 06.21 PMby suribabe

    I really like them all, but my favorites are the maxi skirt and the crowl neck dress.

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    Jan 24, 2012, 04.44 PMby angelagerson2

    i’m not mad about the maxi skirt. But i love the rest of the collection. I’m probable going to make a exposed zip dress and metallic Piqué.

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    Jan 24, 2012, 04.14 PMby squirrellypoo

    Sweet! I just finished making these trousers – I just uploaded my Project a second ago. :) I love it when you guys have the pdf when I’ve made a magazine pattern. :)

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    Jan 24, 2012, 02.41 PMby FashionSewingBlog

    I like the long sleeve dress with front flounce, but I would not wear so much silver in such a big block of colour. A great little short sleeve or strap top is a great way to introduce people into wearing futuristic fabrics.

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    Jan 24, 2012, 12.46 PMby antony chauvin

    c’est dommage il y a rien pour les hommes!!!

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      Jan 24, 2012, 01.41 PMby slythysophia

      Je vais traduire votre comment parce que je pense que burda style ne parle pas français et vous disez un vrai problem que il faut qu’ils entendu…et desolée, je sais que ma grammaire est terrible, j’ai commencer à parler français en aôut/

      He said:
      It’s too bad there’s nothing for men!!!

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      Jan 24, 2012, 04.32 PMby antony chauvin

      I shall speak in English the next time, it is few to be better and more understandable

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      Jan 24, 2012, 09.48 PMby carottesauvage

      Jette un coup d’oeil au studio du Burdastyle member “Urbandon”, tu te sentiras peut-etre un peu moins seul !!!

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      Jan 25, 2012, 09.19 AMby antony chauvin

      ok carottesauvage!!

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    Jan 24, 2012, 05.41 AMby tinapickles

    This is an interesting concept. Some of the stuff doesn’t quite fit (like the maxi skirt—it’s too “boho chic” to really fit with a futurist theme). That being said, I like that the theme didn’t go TOO futuristic (which always seems to be more Mod than futuristic), but rather more sparkly/silvery chic.

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    Jan 24, 2012, 05.18 AMby whalen

    I really like this theme. I thought it would just be cheesy, but the patterns have some great elements. And maybe I am attracted to shiny objects.

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    Jan 23, 2012, 11.43 PMby bluebetty

    I love the Maxi skirt and the dress with the exposed zipper, but some of these seem a bit too boxy for my taste.

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