A Closer Look at the Manus x Machina Dresses 3D Printed by Materialise
2010 “Crystallization” collection by Iris van Herpen
Not only marking Dutch designer Iris van Herpen’s first 3D printed creation, this dress also marks her first collaboration with Materialise, along with London-based architect Daniel Widrig. Inspired by the transformation of water into crystal, the entire collection explores the opposition between fluid and solid liquids.
2011 “Capriole” collection by Iris van Herpen
This time in collaboration with Belgian architect Isaïe Bloch, Iris van Herpen evokes the feeling one gets before and after a free-fall parachute jump with her “Capriole” collection. The Skeleton dress, so nicknamed for its resemblance to a skeleton, was inspired by the anatomy of various different animals and took an entire week to print.
2012 “Hybrid Holism” collection by Iris van Herpen
For her “Hybrid Holism” collection in 2012, Iris van Herpen was inspired by Philip Beesley’s “Hylozoic Ground” project, which explores the idea that all matter is alive. Using Stereolithography to print the dress in honey-colored resin with Materialise, Iris van Herpen collaborated with Austrian architect Julia Koerner on the design, which is made up of complex parametrically generated geometrical structures.
2013 “MER KA BA” collection by threeASFOUR
New York-based trio Gabi Asfour, Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil form the fashion collective threeASFOUR, which creatively explores the intersection between fashion, sculpture and mysticism through their creations. The Bahai dress was 3D printed in collaboration with Bradley Rothenberg for the “MER KA BA” collection, which finds its inspiration in the sacred geometry and tile patterns found in religious buildings across the world.
2016 “Interdimensional” collection by threeASFOUR
New York fashion trio threeASFOUR again turned to Materialise and Bradley Rothenberg to help realize one of the creations in their “Interdimensional” collection. The challenge with this dress was using the 3D printed surfaces as pattern pieces, just as if they were fabric being cut into pre-patterned sections of the dress, making it a perfect embodiment of the blend of handmade and machine-made throughout the exhibition.