suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
daniel WIDRIG: Crystallization is the first object in a series of digitally generated fashion sculptures resulting from an ongoing collaboration between London based designer Daniel Widrig and Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen. The project introduces 3D printing techniques into the realm of haute couture fashion design and tests the potential of complex, digitally generated structures in combination with computer aided manufacturing techniques for fashion design purposes in a broader sense.
Crystallization is based on a cluster of moebius-type components. The object, something in-between sculpture, dress and jewellery occupies the upper part of the model’s body. Cantilevering from the model’s shoulders, the dress features a high degree of transparency. The dress was produced in collaboration with New York based design label .MGX by Materialise via Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) in polyamide. This manufacturing approach and materiality allowed to achieve a certain flexibility within the structure enhancing the wearability of the overall object. Crystallization was first presented at the Amsterdam Fashion Week in 2010.