5 Fashion-Tech designers revolutionizing the industry

The impact of technology on the fashion industry is not new. Since the Industrial Revolution, designers have incorporated the use of industrial-inspired materials and patterns. After that, digitalization deeply changed the field by introducing futuristic designs, connected items, 3D creation, and online fashion shows. 

Nowadays, we can clearly say that there are Fashion-Tech designers as technology is part of the core of the creation process through 3D printing, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence.

What is mindblowing is how technology can now be a sort of second skin for the human being. It is a way to produce clothes but also a new way to consider the link between the clothes and the person wearing them. 

Here is a selection of 5 fashion Fashion-Tech designers that surprised and moved us!

1- Iris Van Herpen

‘She launched her brand in 2007 and she is one of the first designers who used 3D printing to design clothes. She is one of the most influential designers of her time as she participates each year to Paris Fashion Week. In addition, her work has been included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. 

This statement from her website sums up in a good way her vision:

‘At the maison of Iris van Herpen, Haute Couture is a transformative force that transcends boundaries and unites multi-disciplinary technologies with intricate artisanal craftsmanship.’

There are 3 looks from her last collection ‘Earthrise’:

It is a very surprising and powerful collection because it combines the ‘Earth’ that evokes something organic and technology that is, at first sight, purely disconnected from human roots and history. 

And the result is proof that technology can deeply serve creation. 

The first thing that we notice is the extreme precision of the cuts that imitate fish scales and

veins of a leaf in a perfect way. Because the truth is that only high technology can imitate nature’s perfection. And the result is absolutely gorgeous and creates powerful emotions!

You can have a look at the teaser of the collection that perfectly illustrates the theme of Earthrise.

2- Niccolo Casas

‘Niccolo Casas is an Italian architect who founded Niccolo Casas Architecture. His aim is to make his creation interdisciplinary by mixing haute couture, architecture, design and other disciplines. Each clothing piece can adapt itself to the shape, composition and movement of the body. Clothes are fully able to adapt to the body. To that extent, the 3D printer produces both rigid and flexible pieces.

3- Neri Oxman

Oxman’s approach is to design by, with, and for nature. She defined her work as ‘material ecology’ as the shapes she is representing are inspired by nature. Consequently, they have to be seen on the model to be understood.

The use of either bright colours or transparent materials catches the eye. The high level of detail reminds us of how beautiful, complex, and fragile nature is.

We invite you to surf the website, we are pretty sure that you will reconnect in some way with your body and also with your environment. It seems that Oxman kindly invites us to reconsider the way we look at ourselves and the way we live in the world.

4- Behnaz Farahi

Behnaz Farahi’s bio on her website gives a good idea of her work ethic:

‘Behnaz Farahi is a designer, creative technologist and critical maker. Trained as an architect, she explores how to foster an empathetic relationship between the human body and the space around it through the implementation of emerging technologies. Her goal is to enhance the interaction between human beings and the built environment by following morphological, and behavioural principles inspired by natural systems.’

There are some of her projects that are particularly impressive:

SYNAPSE (2015)

‘Synapse is a multi-material 3D-printed piece that moves and changes shape in response to the activities of the brain. The main intention of this project is to explore the possibilities of multi-material 3D printing in order to produce a shape-changing structure around the body like a second skin.’

OPALE (2017)

This garment is equipped with a facial-recognition system. It reacts to the emotions and faces of the people around it. 

We invite you to consult the website of the designer to discover the other creations!

5- Noa Raviv

Noa Raviv’s work aims at finding a balance between harmony and chaos, tradition and innovation, handmade and machine-made. Her work attempts to create an optical illusion by turning 2D grid lines into textiles. 

Orange Models team hopes those fashion-tech designers impressed you and gave you more options to introduce more details in your outfits.

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Pictures sources:

Iris Van Herpen

Niccolo Casas

Neri Oxman

Behnaz Farahi

Noa Raviv