Paris Couture Fashion Week may not be all that interesting to you; a lot of extravagant clothes that you probably wouldn’t want to wear and are actually not really meant for you (or me). A lot of the shows are over the top theatrical and, maybe even a bit weird. Well, except for all the beautifully embellished Ellie Saab gowns that I would love to wear with nowhere to go…
One designer that stood out to me is a much lesser known designer, Iris Van Herpen. She’s a Dutch designer who came on the scene a few years ago and has been one of the pioneers in the use of 3D printing technology in fashion. Beginning previous seasons, Iris Van Herpen used this technology to create 3D printed dresses. Last week at her Fall 2013 couture fashion show, she took technology to a new level with a collection of 3D printed shoes – the shoes were inspired by nature to complement the “Wildnerness” collection and the materials were layered on to create a sculpture for the feet (above).
Sure, they look very futuristic and not at all wearable (at least for me). However, the progress made in 3D printing technology and fashion paves way for not only creativity in design, but also the possibility of using the technology to create custom clothing and possibly even at-home printing (for wearable clothing). Now, that’s where couture becomes a bit more relatable. It’ll be interesting to see what comes next.
Images from http://www.irisvanherpen.com. More from her collection: