27.1.11

Futuristic Iris..












Iris Van Herpen’s latest collection is one influenced by the increasing digitalization of the world around us.  The Dutch material wizardess presented her latest collection in Paris.  She doesn't have an official haute couture appellation but I suppose doing it off-schedule in what is a sparse and spread out 'week', is apt for Van Herpen whose work is most definitely NOT ready to wear.  The real intent of Van Herpen is, according to me to continue to research and push the levels of using unusual materials. 

As for the hats, courtesy of hat maestro Stephen Jones, they were made out of technological bits and pieces. Remnants of computers and loud speakers were worn as head pieces, swaying to the sound of modem-like beeps. 
There ornamental garments, as I call them, are architectural and breathtaking on itself, but what I am mostly interested in is the use of 3D printing. Created in collaboration with architect Daniel Widrig and the company MGX by Materialise. The company specialises in creating prototypes for furniture or cars and this is the first time they have engaged with a fashion designer to created these 3D printed pieces that are completely without any seams, requiring no sewing machine or handwork. 
These pieces are generated from a MGX file that renders a design created originally from CAD, printable.  Now I have seen this I am imagining a time when designs could conceivably be PRINTED out to create 3-D garments  Of course the rigidness is a factor that perhaps will change in the future allowing for softer materials to also be 'printed' out making Van Herpen's work here something of a starting point from which further exploration needs to be carried out.

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