Iris Van Herpen Created These CERN-Inspired Outfits Using 3D Printing And Magnets

Fashion design has never looked so magnetic.

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Oct 2 2014, 10:30pm

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Fashion designer Iris Van Herpen's Spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection, Magnetic Motion, looks like it could have been ripped from the pages of a science fiction fantasy. Having previously explored the ideas of synesthesia and living technology, the designer now looks to the power of magnetic fields for inspiration. And not just any magnetic fields, either— van Herpen's first inklings of the idea came from a visit to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. 

Says van Herpen on her site, “I find beauty in the continual shaping of Chaos which clearly embodies the primordial power of nature’s performance." To create Magnetic Motion, Van Herpen collaborated with Canadian architect Philip Beesley and Dutch artist Jolan van der Wiel, who both explore nature and technology in their sculptural practices.

Van Herpen deftly used futuristic techniques including injection molding, laser cutting, and 3D printing to create this romantic-futuristic collection; this is clothing that looks like wearable architecture. For Magnetic Motion, van Herpen even "grew" some accessories herself, by manipulating magnetic metal-laden materials. 

Lose yourself in Iris van Herpen's innovative Spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection below, and check out her past work here:

h/t The New York Times

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