Based on a multi-disciplinary approach, the sculptural design is achieved through completely new ways of using Swarovski elements. Informed by complex algorithms, the crystals are acting as structural elements as well as ornaments in order to form the fluid geometry and continuous surfaces or the dress. Simultaneously, they also behave like coloured 3D pixels, illustrating three-dimensional discrete patterns and organic reliefs.
The crystals are controled by a bespoke algorithm designed to interpret traditional patterns and re-create them from Swarovski crystals, in a similar way the traditional sewn motifs were coded and transmitted through generations.
It is a process based design, creating not just one model but a family of them, fully simulated in 3D for a production dialogue with manufacturing robots rather than the human hand. No wonder that it took a team of 15 people almost six months to assemble the dress.
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