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3D printed HAUTE COUTURE fashion design  in collaboration with Iris Van Herpen and Materialise 2013


Iris van Herpen, Koerner and Materialise have continued testing the limits of 3D printing, proving once again that normal rules don’t apply when fashion and high technology combine. In last season’s ‘Hybrid Holism’ collection, they first introduced the use of Materialise’s Mammoth Stereolithography machines for a stunning semi-transparent dress that one spectator compared to liquid honey. For this latest collection, ready for an even greater challenge, an experimental new material was put to use in the creation of a flexible, soft jacket of stunning complexity. The piece’s intricate lace-like texture was created with precision by lasers (in a process known as Laser Sintering) and would have been impossible to realise any other way.  Julia Koerner explains, “My collaboration with Materialise for the 3D printed Jacket for Iris van Herpen's Haute Couture Show 'Voltage' 2013 reveals a highly complex, parametrically generated, geometrical structure. The architectural structure aims to superimpose multiple layers of thin woven lines which animate the body in an organic way. Exploiting computational boundaries in combination with emergent technology selective laser sintering, of a new flexible material, lead to enticing and enigmatic effects within fashion design. New possibilities arise such as eliminating seams and cuts where they are usually placed in couture.” Text by Materialise


PHOTOGRAPHS by Michel Zoeter &  Boy Kortekaas


VIDEO I IRIS VAN HERPEN I Premices Films Paris I 2013

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