The recently concluded Paris Fashion Week showcased the Quaquaversal collection of renowned fashion designer Iris Van Herpen, who’s groundbreaking work with 3D printed couture and other unique methods to create garments and shoes has helped her carve a niche for herself on the international fashion scene. Her previous collaborations with architect Rem D. Koolhas and designer Jolan Van Der Viel have also been subjects of immense acclamation.
Her most recent collection features outfits made from a variety of materials like leathers, lace or more controversial choices, such as ceramic stones.
The show stopper for this year’s Spring-Summer Collection though came in the form of an outfit that was created live on stage using a method that amalgamates 3D printing, laser cutting and weaving into a single process. During the show, famous ‘Game Of Thrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie had 3 robotic arms working in tandem to “interlace an architectural mesh which rays around her”, the result being a dress that has been woven around the model.
Van harpen has in the past used some similar techniques to design clothes and shoes in collaboration with Jolan Van Der Viel, but this is the first time that entire process is being showcased on stage at a major Fashion event.
The inspiration for the collection comes from India, where roots of banyan trees are manipulated to span across rivers and canyons creating living bridges, “The beautiful potential of plants and other organisms to form living architecture inspired me to make a collection that is tangled like a maze around the body”, said Iris at about her Spring Summer 2016 Collection.