Outfit n° 11, collection Cristallisation (prototype)

Outfit n° 11, collection Cristallisation (prototype)

Iris Van Herpen (born in 1984)
The Netherlands, 2010
Bodice: polyamide designed in association with the architect Daniel Widrig and 3D printed by.MGX by Materialise; skirt: skin, acrylic fringes
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Léon Crivain, 2018
Inv. 2018.43.1.1-2
© MAD, Paris / photo: Jean Tholance

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For the design of the polyamide bodice, the movement over seven days of a laser ray allowed polyamide powder to be condensed. At the end of the printing process, the solidified object is released from the powder by sandblasting. The process reinstates the digital drawing of the bodice in volume, evoking the waves around a submerged body. The fringes falling in cascades on the skirt refer also to the ancient decorative theme of aquatic femininity.