Vanessa Palsenbarg March 9, 2016

3D printed dresses created in collaboration with Niccolo Casas and Materialise

Iris van Herpen never fails to deliver when it comes to creating an entire sensory experience quite like no other during Paris Fashion Week. I thought that the last show I attended, Biopiracy, would be hard to top as it featured top models vacuum sealed in plastic as the center piece around which the models showed her latest designs. But, since the Lucid collection marked Iris’s exploration of lucid dreaming, a state in which the dreamer is conscious of the dream state and therefore is able to exert a degree of control on what is happening, I knew that this would be an experience to remember. I was not disappointed as the designs, setting and music put the audience in a dream-like state, and models appeared as ghosts behind 17 large optical light screens (OLF).


Taking part in this collection were the 12th and 13th dresses created in collaboration with Materialise, and her 3rd/4th with Niccolo Casas. The dresses continued Iris van Herpen’s fusion between technology and handicraft, with the two 3D printed Magma dresses using the flexible TPU 92A-1 material to create a fine web together with polyamide printed elements. One of the dresses is stitched from 5000 3D printed elements – you read that correctly, 5000 individual 3D printed elements stitched together to form a single dress. This was truly a unique show to be able to experience, with members of the audience invited to walk through the space and photograph the models as their figures shape-shifted and duplicated behind the OLF screens. Therefore, instead of a fleeting glance of the designs as they circled a catwalk, visitors could take in each creation in as much detail as desired – while also enjoying the dreamy, reality-distorting experience created and enhanced by the OLFs and hypnotic music.

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