The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is showing an awesome exhibit right now called #techstyle now through July 10th, 2016. Best explained in the blurb below, #techstyle is…
Clothes that respond to the environment, are ingeniously constructed from recycled materials, and garments that come off a 3-D printer ready to wear—all of these innovations are poised to have a profound impact on the future of the fashion industry. Designers have embraced these innovations and “#techstyle” explores how the synergy between fashion and technology is not only changing the way designers design, but also the way people interact with their clothing.
Wow! To say I was excited to see the exhibition with my own eyes would be an understatement. Here are some of my favorite pieces from #techstyle.
This “Wearable Art” piece by Viktor&Rolf is easily my favorite from the exhibition. This piece was the only piece from the collection on display, however the museum projected the performance show of the entire collection for museum-goers to see all the pieces. Each “wearable art” piece can be transformed from costume to wall almost seamlessly. The piece is made from cotton and rayon, with an actual wood frame faced with digitally-printed linen.
This next piece is a very close second favorite. Called the Water Splash Crystallization dress, this piece was created in collaboration with conceptual designer Iris Van Herpen and videographers Nick Knight. The dress was created by literally splashing a model with the material which then crystallized to form the dress’ shape.
This piece is from a Wearable Drawings collection by Elvira t’ Hart. Elvira creates her pieces by 3D printing her exact drawings. The result is a gorgeous wearable drawing that is able to feature her drawings’ exact details. This leather jacket is very much wearable, I could definitely see myself wearing it daily if I could!
Below is a dress by Sally LaPointe. This Engineered Reptile Print dress is a polyester net embroidered with digitally printed sequins with a silk satin underdress. The piece is absolutely gorgeous and makes quite the statement. Though I have to say, it looks like it would be somewhat heavy to actually wear.
For shoes, the pair I was most draw to structurally were the pair of Highrise Shoes by United Nude. These geometric cut-out beauties were 3D printed and apparently contain rubber in their make up.
The piece that was most talked about from what I had read about the exhibit prior to going did not disappoint. This two-piece by Iris Van Herpen and Neri Oxman is a cape and a skirt that was also 3D printed. What’s especially amazing about this two-piece is that the dress itself incorporates may different shapes, mostly cone-like, that stick out of the dress. As you change your perspective of the dress, it almost seems like the shapes are moving or shifting slightly. It’s a fascinating piece, if not somewhat uncomfortable to look at. It kind of makes my skin crawl, but also is quite beautiful.
Have you heard of that weird phobia of close-together shapes or holes? If you have, warning– this dress might make you uncomfortable as well!
And finally, the piece I was really looking forward to seeing! Viktoria Modesta’s gorgeous prosthetic spike leg from her music video for “Prototype“. You might remember Viktoria from my post on Power Dressing. Unfortunately the leg was behind a rather badly smudged glass case which didn’t do well for photographing.
The fashion industry is very much moving toward a new chapter of production and design. The ability to 3D print an exact design is thrilling and has expanded the functionality of clothing as well. A fantastic example of a designer taking advantage of technology in fashion is Becca McCharen from Chromat. For their Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Chromat unveiled two pieces that incorporated Intel technology into their design.
What do you think of this new chapter of fashion? Is it overwhelming, exciting, or a bit of both?