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Innovation: Iris van Herpen

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Showing for the first time during Paris Haute couture week, Dutch Designer of the year, Iris van Herpen  continues to blur the boundaries between the real and digital world. Using digital 3-D printing and working with architect Daniel Widrig, the series of ‘printed’ dresses on the catwalk did not use a single stitch or any traditional cloth.

To represent the technological divide she also collaborated with British milliner Stephen Jones, who used computer parts and speakers to fashion hybrid headpieces.

Iris alongside a series of progressive designers is pioneering a neo-couture whereby the future atelier will more likely house an advanced 3-D printer than a loom or sewing machine.

Her collaborations crossing boundaries of design and technology offer a glimpse of the future whereby designers trained in one discipline need to seek knowledge and skills from others.

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