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The Brief
Published: 10 Apr 2013

Crystallization Dress Created Live


Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen has joined forces with photographer Nick Knight and Daphne Guinness to create a dress based on the shapes of splashed water live on fashion film website SHOWstudio. 

Knight used high-speed cameras to photograph Guinness being splashed with black and clear water. These images were then used as references by Van Herpen to create the unique Crystallization dress, using a combination of traditional handicrafts and futuristic technology such as 3D printing. SHOWStudio broadcast the making of the dress live over several days from April 3. The Splash! project culminated in a live photo shoot on Tuesday (April 9) with Daphne Guinness wearing the finished creation and Knight behind the lens once more.

Artist Geoffrey Lillemon and sounds designer Salvador Breed created a film and soundscape to complement the revolutionary dress. Iris Van Herpen’s dress will go on show at SHOWStudio’s gallery venture SHOWCabinet in London from June, followed by the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Blurring the boundaries between fashion, art and science, Van Herpen is one of the world’s most exciting young designers. See the Stylus interview with her for more insight into a key influencer.

SHOW Studio