[I work with both as a technology tool, and wearables as an outcome, but find Iris Van Herpen's point of view so smart, honest and beautiful!]
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — For many, the merging of fashion and technology means ‘wearables’ like the Apple Watch. But for Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, technology is the key to a weird wonderland of creative possibilities where materials innovations — not gadgets — offer the most potential.
Named “Hacking Infinity” and inspired by the concept of “terraforming” (modifying the biosphere of another planet to resemble Earth), Van Herpen’s Autumn/Winter 2015 ready-to-wear show broke new terrain with an assemblage of refined womenswear that fused delicate handcraft with high tech. The collection included dresses made with a hand-burnished, translucent meta-weave of stainless steel and silk, as well as pieces constructed in collaboration with Canadian architect Philip Beesley “from a black garden of fractal like geometries.” Van Herpen’s signature use of 3D printing — which, in the past, has given birth to intricate, insect-like exoskeletons — surfaced in the shoes, which were crafted from digitally fabricated “crystal clusters” and laser-cut leather netting. The circle was a recurring motif, symbolising the “boundless hackable infinity” that gave the collection its name....
IVH: Personally, I am not a big fan of the words ‘wearable technology’ and I am not a gadget consumer either. I see the use of technology from a very different perspective. I use technology as a creative tool, not as a functional end product. It’s super exciting to use technology to push my skills and dreams forward; to create a shape, silhouette or structure that I cannot make by hand; to create a fabric that has a completely new behaviour; to create a dress that is built from hundreds of thousands microscopic layers, like a fingerprint.