While looking through Pinterest I discovered that Iris Van Herpen recently held a couture show in Paris called Seijaku. A visit to her site revealed perfect coverage of this event, and there are so many things that are outstanding with both the fashions and show that I feel compelled to gush. So, let me start with the theme. Seijaku is the principle that relates to stillness—the ability to find serenity in the middle of our busy lives. So, the models are practicing Tai Chi movements as Kazuya Nagaya, a Japanese musician, rings singing bowls of many sizes. Sound waves play an important role, not just for their sound, but for the design of the fashions. Here’s a description of the work from Van Herpen’s site.
The collection reflects circular shapes and geometric patterns that are common in Cymatics, which serve as the base for this collection’s biomorphic volumes.
Definitely take your time and watch this video on your lunch hour because you will be amazed by the structure of the dresses, as well as their markings. You’ll find laser cutting, silicone coated glass bubbles, rubber and tulle as a duet, and hand-plisséed and line-printed organza hand-stitched on tulle. You’ll also be equally in love with the 3D printed shoes, which were created as a collaboration with Julia Lundsten.
In a world where futuristic often means angular and rough, it is comforting to find the roundness, opacity and billow found in Herpen’s work. I’m sure the Zen Buddhist side of me is easily drawn to this show because of its neutral colors set on a backdrop of simple wood and tile. One of my favorite architects one told me that materials like wood, glass and metal give structures that feeling of timelessness. Although Van Herpen is working with modern materials, I feel her work is something I can always come home to. Many thanks to the designer and her entire team. Please check out the credits to find out just how many remarkable people it takes to create this level of work. If you would like to do your own work with new materials, check out our Lumi Sunfold Printing Kit. You can create beautiful patterns on fabric using photo-sensitive dye (reacts to sunlight and other UV lights). Do your own pioneering in wearable tech!
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