Printed not sewn— Futuristic wearables made from new materials

Printed not sewn— Futuristic wearables made from new materials

Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen pushes boundaries through innovative integration of new materials into her wearable designs. For her Spring/Summer 2015 collection that was debuted in Paris, van Herpen employed such far-reaching construction techniques including 3D printing, injection molding, laser cutting and “growing” materials using magnetic fields.

The new materials often use transparency, layering, and minimal color palettes to allow form to be the emphasis of the work. Many of the pieces involved cross-disciplinary collaborations with material scientists or architects.

“Wearing clothing creates an exciting and imperative form of self-expression,” said the designer on her website. “Form follows function’ is not a slogan with which I concur. On the contrary, I find that forms complement and change the body and thus the emotion.”

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