fu·​tur·​ism | \ ˈfyü-chə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce futurism (audio) \

Definition of futurism

1 : a movement in art, music, and literature begun in Italy about 1909 and marked especially by an effort to give formal expression to the dynamic energy and movement of mechanical processes
2 : a point of view that finds meaning or fulfillment in the future rather than in the past or present

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The guardedness that once existed in men’s styling is dissipating; for Fall, see the brash futurism of Yoon Ahn’s Ambush, even the psychedelic ski theme at Dsquared2, and of course, Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton. Vogue, "Vogue Runway’s Critics Weigh In on the Fall 2019 Menswear Collections—And the Seismic Shifts Changing the Business," 22 Jan. 2019 The Entranze itself is fairly conventional concept-car futurism—pillarless glass doors, open floor plan, lots of impossible sightlines. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Big Questions—and a Few Answers—Coming Out of the Detroit Auto Show," 17 Jan. 2019 Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow, for example, is a shining example of neo-futurism. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This South American City Was Just Named the World Capital of Architecture," 30 Jan. 2019 Their futurism here is rather prim, conveying the sense of industrious designers working dutifully to solve specific social problems. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, "‘The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility’ Review: Future Imperfect," 10 Jan. 2019 Cybernetic organisms are no longer an outlandish sci-fi futurism. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Leafy Green Cyborgs Are Coming," 6 Dec. 2018 Taofeek held a presentation for his brand Head of State+'s spring/summer 2019 collection, which paid homage to 70s afro-futurism styles and West African youth culture. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Taofeek Abijako Is Youngest Designer to Show at Men's NYFW," 13 July 2018 Presenting public programs on Thursdays and weekends, ColorLab will offer a 45-minute workshop on the science of color on Saturday and one inspired by Afro-futurism on Sunday. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "Kids Don’t Just See Art at This Show. They Work With the Artists, Too.," 28 June 2018 His tenure was defined by an ability to maintain the house codes (skinny suits, techno-futurism, lots of black) that Slimane and Co. established. Matt Sebra, GQ, "Berluti’s New Designer Is a Menswear Heavyweight," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of futurism

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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