Yes indeed, I am a science nerd through and through. My degree is in marine biology, and I've been fascinated by the natural world and the 'form follows function' way. So, when I see anything that combines both fashion and science my brain explodes into a million tiny pieces and my heart rate goes UP:
No, you are not looking at a hi-def photo of an undersea anemone, nor a close-up of a porcupine's spine but FABRIC. 3D FABRIC TO BE PRECISE.
This is the brainchild of Danish designer Iris van Herpen and MIT [Boston-- HOLLA] Media Lab professor Neri Oxman, who has been working with the Objet Connex500 Multi-material 3D printer. This crazy piece of technology can "...simultaneously use different materials for the fabrication and simulation of different end parts and properties." In this case, it was "consisting of a flexible rubber-like substrate overlaid with rigid shell-like structures" to create the pattern you see here. I know, my brain hurts thinking about it too, but just admire the results, shall we?
In turn, Iris took this fabric for her couture Spring '13 show and created the outfit you see here:
She is so modest about it as well, but I feel that a show attendee put it best: "For me, the combination of 3D printing with art and design symbolizes the great leap that we’ve made in our ability to bring ideas to life, while providing a level of technological assistance to the artistic process."
All in all, a great leap in fashion technology and in truth I am not surprised Iris van Herpen was the first to take the aforementioned leap, as her whole collection is a study in geometry, physics, and science! Check out the rest of the collection after the jump!
NERDED OUT...I need a nap.
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