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Iris van Herpen’s 3-D-Printed, Laser-Sintered Couture
Jan. 25th, 2013 05:15 pm
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http://feeds.fastcompany.com/~r/fastcompany/headlines/~3/WZojS-TVU0o/iris-van-herpens-3-d-printed-laser-sintered-couture

The young architect-turned-designer debuted a new collection of technology-driven garments at Paris Fashion Week.

Though she’s known first and foremost as the herald of 3-D-printed haute couture, Dutch designer Iris van Herpen has always dealt in theater as much as technology. Now in her fifth year as a fixture on the runways, van Herpen’s flair for drama has never been stronger. At Paris Fashion Week on Monday, she opened her Spring 2013 presentation (appropriately titled Voltage) with a model dressed in a metallic bodysuit swaying atop a Tesla coil as columns of purple electricity gusseted from her limbs.
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After a few minutes of ghostly swaying, the real show began--van Herpen unveiled 11 new garments designed and produced using emerging digital technologies, including two 3-D printed dresses and a gown created with laser sintering. “My work very much comes from abstract ideas and using new techniques, not the reinvention of old ideas,” van Herpen commented. “I believe it will only be a matter of time before we see the clothing we wear today produced with [3-D printing].”

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