On May 5th, 2016, at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan in New York, has opened the exhibition "Manus X Machina: fashion in Age of Technology" curated by Andrew Bolton with the idea to probe a trend increasingly growing in contemporary fashion design: the use of tools and expertise related to the technological world in the composition of collections that are, therefore, a veritable riot of tailoring, handcrafts and disruptive evolution: a mix of hand-made and laser-cutted that turns, twists and enriches the intimate sense of fashion tout-court.
The Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Harpen has made of the 3d press a real jewel in the crown of her creative talent: forerunner of this particular processing technique - her first creation was made on 2009 - Van Harpen amazes with each collection – not last the precious Sejaku F / W 2016 – presented with a dreamlike installation at the Oratoire du Louvre of Paris in May, and ensures a genuine multi-sensory experience, enhanced by the use of several materials and styles, for a result of items who hail to the sculptural world, soft silk drapes that fall on the soft feminine silhouette.
The creative process of Van Harpen always born from a sketch which then results in a careful processing on the computer, developed with the help of architects and graphic experts, and that requires concentration and, quite often, a very long research timing.
Winner of the International 3d Printshow, held in Paris, as the best Fashion Designer, the Israeli designer Noa Raviv, born and raised in Tel Aviv, stunned the international audience with Hard Copy collection, entirely made in 3d, that is a hymn to Greco-Roman tradition: the forms and the concept of the clothes are inspired by a classic and timeless elegant, which turns into a massive futurism, a kind of expressive vanguard when it comes to cuts and geometries: by manipulating the images with the computer, helped by a large Israeli company leader in 3D printing, the work performed by the talented Raviv was to "play" with the contrasts of materials, the oppositions between shades, draperies and colors, mixing wisely amalgam of artistic talents in order to realize a dreamlike collection, ethereal we could say, that pays homage to the female form and brings out the best of their potential.
Founded in 2005 by designers Gabriel Asfour, Angela Donhauser, and Adi Gil, the NY-based brand ThreeasFour, some of their creative experiments are shown in the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gave recently birth to a collection already evocative named, Interdimensional, which is an encouragement to the use of clever technologies and 3d laser prints in order to bring together in clothing garments and accessories a world of complex nuances, multiple dimensions for precisely, which is synonymous of the many relationships, interconnections that shape everyday life, a conscious fashion that communicates with the shapes and geometries to make them contemporary, for flexible today's women who lives and acts on multiple levels: the fashion of creative trio is visionary, explores the aesthetic limits a 360 degrees and often enters in the experimentation ground of sincere and uncompromising vanguard.
Selected by the Milan Triennale to be included in the New Italian Design 2.0 exhibition, that has literally traveled the world, reviewing the collections of Italian creative talents who stand for innovation and quality, Rosalba Balsamo's jewelry, clear mind and curious soul, are a masterpiece of technology designed specifically to harmonize the sense of an accessory, the jewel precisely, which are a direct extension of the personality, the intimate touch, of the wearer.
As in the famous Diamante bracelet in silver and gold, limited edition made in 2009 in homage to Gio Ponti's talent, the Neapolitan designer uses cross skills and professionalism, also because of hes experiential baggage that goes from sculpture to theatrical set design; she often composes with rhinoceros - modeling program for architecture - and then assembles with techniques ranging from photochemical etching to laser welding, making jewelery a fertile ground for exchanges and comparisons between high-tech 3d and pure artistic intuition.