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3D Printing Takes Paris Fashion Week

Iris van Herpen Showcases 3D Printed Face Jewelry in Shift Souls Collection

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by Hanna Watkin
Jan 29, 2019

Fashion designer Iris van Herpen showcased her new collection, Shift Souls, at the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Paris. It featured 3D printed face jewelry and glow-in-the-dark heels.

Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen presented her latest collection at the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Paris as part of the haute couture shows across the city. The collection, Shift Souls, features 3D printed face jewelry, called Cellchemy.

“For ‘Shift Souls’ I looked at the evolution of the human shape, its idealization through time and the hybridization of the female forms within mythology,” said van Herpen. 

The result is 18 looks, which concentrate on layering fabric and use a warm colour palette. She created one look, called ‘Symbiotic’, by layering silks into sculptural shapes using a fine 3D laser cut frame of PETG.

In many of her looks, she used the fabrics to create an optical illusion that distorted the appearance of the model’s bodies.

“This Iris van Herpen Couture collection was inspired by early examples of celestial cartography and its representations of mythological and astrological chimera,” states the designer’s website.

“(She) was particularly taken with “Harmonia Macrocosmica,” a star atlas by the German-Dutch cartographer Andreas Cellarius, published in 1600.”

van Herpen was also inspired by the artist Kim Keever, an aquatic expressionist and former NASA engineer.

You can see her runway show, with its ethereal outfits, in the video below.

3D Printing Cellchemy Face Jewelry

To create the face jewelry for van Herpen’s collection, the designer worked in collaboration with the Delft University of Technology, based in the Netherlands.

The technicians began by taking a face scan of the models. They used Grasshopper algorithmic modeling to combine color information and the 3D shape to create a structure. After the process, Cellchemy was printed using a high-resolution, multi-material 3D printer.

The collection was shown alongside contemporary artist Nick Verstand’s laser light installation which revealed what van Herpen described as a dreamscape of circulating clouds.

For more on 3D printing and design, check out these stories:

Learn more on van Herpen’s website.

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