Tie-dye, one of fashion’s biggest trends from the mid-60s is making a comeback. Designers are exploring new designs with the technique, retaining its notable patterns of mandalas and spirals. The designs of a tie-dyed material often resemble water swirls, giving off a summery vibe that makes for a great motif to sport this time of the year.

Yet designers are giving it a 2019 update by using tie-dye prints on modern clothing silhouettes. Expect materials utilising a vivid combination of patterns made into suits, deconstructed structures and even billowy layers.

 

MSGM – Tri-colour tie-dye dress
MSGM spring summer runway look and product image
MSGM spring summer 2019 runway look and product image (Photo credit: vogue.com and MSGM)

MSGM’s take on the trend comes in the form of a deconstructed dress made up of three individual tie-dye pieces. Though the garment is made of individually dyed blocks of fabrics, the blend of purple, slime green and vermillion orange tones are harmonious. Throw this dress over an oversized boyfriend shirt for a grungy yet spunky combo.

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Stella McCartney – Tie-dye bleached denim jumpsuit
Stella McCartney spring summer 2019 runway look and product image
Stella McCartney spring summer 2019 runway look and product image (Photo credit: vogue.com and stellamccartney.com)

Boiler suits are all the rage this season and Stella McCartney gives it a fresh new look with the tie-dye treatment. Its random bleached-out print exhibits bold contrast and dynamic streaks of blue all around the denim fabric —  a statement not meant for the faint-hearted.

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Prabal Gurung – Gathered yellow tie-dye maxi dress
Prabal Gurung spring summer 2019 runway look and product image
Prabal Gurung spring summer 2019 runway look and product image (Photo credit: vogue.com and prabalgurung.com)

Now, who would’ve imagined that tie-dye could present itself so beautifully through this boisterous gown by Prabal Gurung. This marigold yellow dress is hand-dyed with an ombré effect, hand-draped and sewn to feature its pleated tiered skirt. Such intricacies add great sophistication for a technique that’s otherwise associated with hippies.

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R13 – Rainbow tie-dye suit jacket
R13 spring runway look and product image
R13 spring runway look and product image (Photo credit: vogue.com and r13denim.com)

This multicoloured R13 tie-dye boyfriend blazer is on everyone’s wishlist. If you already own one, lucky you because this item has sold out — nevermind that its flashy kaleidoscopic patterns might stop traffic. For those of you still wanting a piece, fret not, head to their website to be notified when the item restocks.

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Prada – Tie-dye pleated skirt
Prada spring summer 2019 runway look and product image
Prada spring summer 2019 runway look and product image (Photo credit: vogue.com and ssense.com)

Miuccia Prada is known for combining opposing elements into her designs. This season, she continues to break rules by creating unexpected pairings like swimsuits with shorts, t-shirts with silk miniskirts and tie-dye skirts with chiffon tops. Prada features the tie-dye print on a silk twill pleated skirt hues of neon green and dark purple. Take a leaf off the runway look, and pair this skirt with a pristine white t-shirt or a silk top.

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Josiah Chua
Fashion Director
Josiah is the Fashion Director in charge of styling shoots and writing the fashion pages. On his days off, he locks himself at home designing and sewing up a collection in preparation for his label's runway debut.