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Brief Published: 21 Nov 2014

Issey Miyake: 3D Steam Stretch

Japanese luxury fashion label Issey Miyake has produced a beautiful video to demonstrate the 3D Steam Stretch method used to create its Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

The short film explores the delicacy of the specialist process by focusing on the weaving of the fabric using various speeds and perspectives. While the resultant fabrics appear to be made using origami, they have been skilfully manipulated by steam and computer software.

The footage sees the technique transform a flat surface into mathematically accurate dimensional shapes. A precise composition of cotton and polyester threads enables the steam to shrink and fold the cloth, and fix it in a permanent construction.

Origami and folding techniques are a recurring theme for the innovative brand. To find out how other designers are unlocking the potential of materials that can expand and retract using folding techniques and malleable designs, read Adapt, Fold & Transform.