Couture creations imbued with sci-fi or tech-inspired elements are certainly nothing new, but crafting outfits entirely via 3D printing?
This was what Dutch designer Iris van Herpen had in mind when she first debuted a 3D printed dress back in 2011 (talk about forward-thinking). Since then, other brands have jumped on the bandwagon, including Pringle of Scotland, which melded 3d-printed elements into its sweaters.
For Spring 2018 Couture, the designer tapped on technology yet again (3D printed, heat-bonded and laser-cut fabrics were used, as well as mylar, a type of polyester resin used to make heat-resistant plastic films and sheets), sending models down the runway in spectacularly serene creations that we can definitely picture a bride wearing down an aisle.
She titled the collection “Ludi Naturae,” with "Ludi" associated with the word "play" in latin, and "Naturae", a reference to the natural and manmade landscapes of the world from which she was inspired. The result? Fluid, undulating shapes, billowing layers and delicate structures that exude a futuristic yet otherworldly charm. Some of our favourite bridal-worthy pieces, below:
Jean-Baptiste Mondino captured the new 'Ludi Naturae' Couture collection wondrously, shot inside the atelier of the collaborating artist Peter Gentenaar. More images follow soon. — Model: @leah_rodl Casting: Maida Boina & @maximevalentini Hair and make-up: Lydia Le Loux Creative consultant: @jerry_stafford Dress made in collaboration with @tudelft — #irisvanherpen #ludinaturae #parisfashionweek
Jean-Baptiste Mondino wondrously captured the new 'Ludi Naturae' Couture collection, shot inside the atelier of the collaborating artist Peter Gentenaar. More images follow soon. — Model: @anoukthijssen_ Casting: Maida Boina & @maximevalentini Hair and make-up: Lydia Le Loux Creative consultant: @jerry_stafford — #irisvanherpen #ludinaturae #parisfashionweek
See the complete runway video on Facebook and irisvanherpen.com — With 'Ludi Naturae', Iris van Herpen examines the natural and manmade landscapes of our world from a bird’s-eye view, tracing the laws of entropy. “I zoomed out to look at the earth’s skin, trying to find the forces behind the forms. Looking from this perspective, I felt inspired by the patterns of chaos and order, nature and civilization blending into infinite hybrids.” — Runway video by @blitzkickers Styling: @patti_wilson Casting: Maida Boina & @maximevalentini Make-up: Terry Barber | @maccosmetics Hair: @martincullen65 | @streetersldn Manicure: @jessicascholten_ | @opinl Music: @sssalvadorrr Breed Collaborating artist: Peter Gentenaar Creative consultant: @jerry_stafford Press: @karlaotto — #irisvanherpen #ludinaturae #parisfashionweek