The Paris fashion show opened with a team using steam irons on pieces of shapeless fabric to create dresses by activating minerals embedded in the fabric.

Issey Miyake‘s fall-winter 2012-13 fashion show in Paris last week featured an interesting opening performance showcasing a “steam stretch” technique that transformed pieces of fabric into a variety of fitted dresses.

Shapeless fabrics were hung on the runway at the start of the show and a team of women held steam irons up to them. The items then began to take shape, stretching and shrinking, as pleats activated by the steam were pulled inwards while unresponsive areas puffed out.

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