Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen, while originally from the Netherlands, currently resides in London and trained with the legendary Alexander McQueen. She is lauded for her unique approach to design and calls her niche “new couture.” Few, if any, designers today can rival the innovative manipulations of fabric brought to life and revealed down her runway. Most recently, her Spring 17 collection received undeniable praise during Couture Fashion Week this past January. The mechanical use of polyurethane combined with silks and tulle spawned the dynamic looks Van Harpen is known for.
Other designers have also begun to experiment with the use of 3D technology in their work. Whether for professional or recreational use, it is becoming ever-clear that 3D fabric and technology offer inspiration and modernization whereas traditionally constructed designs simply — fall flat.
Roberts-Wood, the namesake label of Katie Roberts-Wood is yet another London-based brand leading the way in regards to use of 3D fabrics. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, in less than three seasons, this young designer has proven herself to be anything but a novice. The SS17 collection, aptly named “BALMACARA” was inspired by a visit to the north shore village of the same name in Scotland. The collection of garments further establishes Roberts-Wood frequent references to nature and “the minutiae of everyday experience” in her designs — the brand is available internationally and can be found at Dover Street Market and 10 Corso Como.
Peer-to-peer e-commerce site, Etsy, is not without the presence of 3D in some of their seller’s creations. For fun, the images of 3D jewelry designs by ButterscotchofBK and Morteza Karimi | Design Boom are herein shared.
I don’t think we’ve seen the last of 3D technology, in fact, I do believe there is much more to be explored by clothing and jewelry brands alike. What are your thoughts? Does computer assisted, or manufactured fashion make any of these items any less desirable? Share your comments below.