Technology and fashion are intersecting in an electrifying manner on the catwalk at the Paris Fashion Week. Geek and chic, or hi-tech-couture, are paired seamlessly, as the collaborative effort between Startasys and Materialise is part of Iris van Herpen’s collection: Voltage.
An artist, an architect, a designer, and a professor from MIT’s Media Lab participated in the creation of the pictured 3D printed skirt. Two pieces from van Herpen’s Voltage show were made by this forward-thinking quartet.
Professor Neri Oxman of MIT’s Media Lab embellishes on the method that is creating the madness at the Paris Fashion Week.
The ability to vary softness and elasticity inspired us to design a “second skin” for the body acting as armor-in-motion; in this way we were able to design not only the garment’s form but also its motion,” explains Oxman. “The incredible possibilities afforded by these new technologies allowed us to reinterpret the tradition of couture as “tech-couture” where delicate hand-made embroidery and needlework is replaced by code.”