Magnetic, 3D-Printed Dresses Bring Future to Fashion Week
The award-winning spring line incorporates a variety of technologies and a chaotic spirit
Paris Fashion Week is known for displaying a wide range of artistic visions — from the twisted to the mundane — realized in semi-functional form. A stand-out line in this year's series, however, added new dimensions to the idea of high-tech wearables by featuring 3D-printed garments.
Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen took home the 25th-annual Andam Award with her Spring 2015 collection, Magnetic Motion. To construct the seemingly complex but ready-to-wear clothing, van Herpen used 3D printing, injection molding, and laser cutting techniques, and even included magnetized metals in some components. As the Creator's Project notes, the designer's new line took strong cues from aspects of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, which, during a visit earlier this year, impressed the designer with its ability to produce a magnetic field 20,000 times greater than the Earth's; van Herpen explains on her website, “I find beauty in the continual shaping of Chaos which clearly embodies the primordial power of nature’s performance.”