Tuesday, 22 January 2013

high voltage: keep in!

Iris van Herpen, the acclaimed Dutch designer who's
known for injecting undaunted ideas able to revolutionize
the face of fashion through pioneering molding techniques
and an exquisite taste for sculptural garments, this time
ignites our interest through a double whammy of toned
down volumes and flexible 3-D printed materials.

Voltage', her latest 11-piece couture collection, shows
the designer's experimental touch through compelling
sort of icicle-covered outfits, crystals and tendrils (her
work on the transformation of water into steady
structures reaches new heights)
, laser-cut suits and
overcoats with two gorgeous innovative 3-D 
printed ensembles.

Iris collaborated with MIT's Media Lab designer and
professor Neri Oxman and 3-D print specialist Stratasys
to create a black & white cape and skirt dress while a
stunningly elaborate lace-like dress was developed with
Austrian architect Julia Koerner and Belgium-based
additive manufacturing software and solutions 
Materialise firm (an earlier close associate, though).

Stratasys' unique multi-material three-dimensional
printing technology allows both hard and soft materials
to be incorporated within the design, crucial to the
movement and texture of the piece. Prof. Oxman
declared that ”the incredible possibilities afforded by
these new technologies allowed us to reinterpret the
tradition of couture as ”tech-couture” where delicate
handmade embroidery and needlework is replaced 

 by code”: it may sound a bit unemotional yet 
the result is quite impressive.

The ravishing semi-transparent black dress realized
by the Dutch wunderkind with Julia Koerner and
Materialise ”reveals a highly complex, parametrically
generated, geometrical structure. The architectural
structure aims to superimpose multiple layers of thin
woven lines which animate the body in an organic 

 way...” Koerner explains introducing the so-called
'laser sintering' process behind it.

Van Herpen declares, ”I feel it's important that fashion can
be about much more than consumerism, but also about
new beginnings and self-expression, so my work very much 
comes from abstract ideas and using new techniques,
not the re-invention of old ideas. I find the process of
3-D printing fascinating because I believe it will only be
a matter of time before we see the clothing we wear
today produced with this technology, and it's because
it's such a different way of manufacturing, adding
layer-by-layer, it will be a great source 
of inspiration for new ideas”.
We can only wonder at such showmanship!

> all images from the designer's website <


  1. Iris van Herpen is The One - sent by the fashion gods to save us.

    1. Hi Ana, your comments are always smart and to the point.