For the third edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale which opened early this week, Dutch fashion designer Bart Hess exhibited an installation featuring sculptural dresses that were created by immersing people in a pool of wax and water.
The installation, called The Garment District, was part of the Future Perfect exhibition conceived by Liam Young for the Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
Hess’s installation was an exploration into how people can change and extend their body shapes. Participants were secured on a robotic harness and then dipped into a pool containing a mixture of wax and water. As the participants were lowered into the pool, the wax and water move around each other and against the participants’ bodies. This caused the wax to gradually harden and set around the bodies. When the participants were lifted out of the pool, they came out encased in interesting pieces of ‘wax’ garments or sculptural dresses.
The Lisbon Architecture Triennale continues until December 15th.
Scroll through images of the installation in the gallery below.
Images via Dezeen