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Brief Published: 1 May 2014

Marga Weimans At The Groninger


The Netherlands’ Groninger Museum is set to stage the first major solo exhibition of experimental Dutch fashion designer, Marga Weimans.

Her work explores diverse themes that are often related to identity, technology and beauty, resulting in intricate designs that are at once pure handcraft and high-tech, fusing fashion and architecture. For example, the coloured plexiglas cubes seen in the outfits of her Body Archive collection symbolise Weimans’ DNA, which she had partially sequenced and transformed into a pattern.

Working with 3D perspectives, her fashion designs are often created using materials like wood, iron and resin, as well as her own concoction, which fuses fabric with fibreglass (see more in Fashionable Synthetics).

Technology is at the root of Weimans’ work, and she explores exciting new avenues opening up thanks to developments in tech such as Google glass – which could see future designs respond to changes in temperature, location and mood of the wearer. One of her standout pieces from Amsterdam Fashion Week in 2013 saw augmented reality technology embedded into the design of a “hyperfabric dress” to create oscillating shapes that shift and grow as the wearer moves. 

For more on fashion, technology and wearables, see The Future of Fashion Tech, Wearables & Fashion, and Future Fashion from our coverage of the South By Southwest interactive festival in Austin, Texas.

The exhibition runs from June 15 to November 30 2014.