Once again, Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen has skillfully incorporated 3D printing into her newest fashion line. With Seijaku, which is part of her LUCID collection, Van Herpen has printed up dresses and accompanying shoes that evoke images of sea creatures like squid, starfish, and even coral.
I don’t know where you’d wear a dress like this, but I have no doubt you’d be the center of attention.
Gwendoline Christie is also a fan of her work, having taken part of her Quaquaversal show and having a dress 3D printed onto her during the presentation.
It’s interesting to see the progression in her designs as 3D printing innovations continue to expand. Check out more of these amazing designs below.
There are 2 main design techniques presented in the collection: the lucid looks and the phantom dresses. The lucid looks result from the designer’s continuous collaboration with the artist and architect Philip Beesley. These looks are made from transparent hexagonal laser-cut elements that are connected with translucent flexible tubes, creating a glistering bubble-like exoskeleton around the wearer’s body. The phantom looks are made with a super light tulle to which iridescent stripes are fused, shimmering the silhouette illusory. Continuing van Herpen’s vigor of fusing technology with handcraft, the collection features two 3D printed Magma dresses that are combining flexible TPU printing, creating a fine web together with polyamide printing. One of the dresses is stitched from 5,000 3D printed elements.
(via Laughing Squid)