Iris van Herpen: Escapism January 2011
Iris van Herpen presented her “Escapism” collection on January 2011 during the Paris Haute Couture Week – her first collection to be presented in Paris, and the first collection ever to be presented at Paris Haute Couture Week which featured 3D printed fashions. This is truly the moment that 3D printing reached Haute Couture.
Out of the 12 ensembles presented in the collection, 4 were 3D printed. Collaborating once again with Daniel Widrig and MGX by Materialise, the theme of the collection was ‘escape from the everyday reality through digital means’. Involving more complex 3D printed designes meant relying more heavily upon Materialise for the technical aspects of the costume design. The 2011 “Escapism” collection is most notable for having one of the pieces, the white dress, names as “One of the 50 best inventions of 2011” by TIME magazine. This collection improved upon the first 3D printed top presented in “Crystallization” by making the pieces lighter, and more economical to print. All of the pieces were 3D printed using SLS process in polyamide. The black dress in this collection was hand-painted in black lacquer post printing.
Sadly the video of the Jan 2011 “Escapism” show in Paris can not be found – if you have better luck than me, please do let me know. This vido of a later show in Berlin incorporates the highly architectural angle top from this collection, as well as pieces from later collections:
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