The Dutch fashion designer was the first to have a 3-D-printed haute couture dress down the runaway. Attire made from scalloped, shell-like parts cantilevered over the shoulder and chest of the model like a futuristic shield. The high-tech garment, printed from polyamide, is one of the many wearable sculptures in Iris van Herpen’s collection.
Iris van Herpen is leading a wave of designers that are integrating new technology— like laser cutting, digital knitting and weaving and 3-D printing— into traditional hand processes to attain new materials, clothes and shapes that respond to the body. “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” was opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on early this month. “#techstyle” show will be open at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in July 10. Ron Labaco, the design curator has seen a broader acceptance of this trend since he put several digitally manufactured works of fashion exhibition “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital” in New York Museum.
When Lubaco was preparing for that show, he said that a director of a European fashion museum told him that there is insignificant movement in the course of digital assembly in fashion to even secure a chapter in the catalog.,
“We’re trying to display both the present and future of fashion,” assured Michelle Finamore, a curator in the Boston exhibition. “These new technology are not only affecting how designers design, but also how we interact with our garments’.
In the Museum of Fine Arts, you will find a type of the “Twitter dress” from CuteCircuit in London. From their phones, visitors can send tweets that will then be seen across 10,000 micro-LED in fabric of the dress. Also in display is a garment by Pauline van Dongen that has solar panels. Consequently, that dress can charge a cellphone after around two hours in the son.
The exhibitions in the museums clearly show that the garments of future will be gadgets. It is a significant development since hand; machine and technology are becoming equal players in the design process.
According to Andrew Bolton, the organizer of the show at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan, latest technology has always defined fashion. Therefore, as the technology advance, we expect complex digital garments in the 21st century compared to other centuries.
All the garments in the exhibition have what Bolton refers to as DNA reading” shown on monitors, revealing which components are machine-made and which are handmade, plus close-up details that are not necessarily visible.
The exhibition museum is paying attention to public response to these shows. It is evident that even of even ten percent of the fashion advancement attracts a lot of people to the museum who would not have visited otherwise. The technological fashion shows have the higher attendance than any Museum of Arts and Design show that have been organized recently.
Fashion is a democratic art form. People are always discussing about fashion and its future. With technological development, you should voice your opinion about the future of fashion, shouldn’t you?