Where’s the .MGX file?

Where’s the .MGX file?

>> Alright, I've been far, far and away from the normal posting routine.  It's been a weirdly scheduled bout of selfish me time in Paris that involves real eye-to-eye chatting with friends I haven't seen in an age, reading books in cliched cafes, riffling through depot vente stores – I say weird because of course the haute couture shows have been going on and I'm hardly partaking in the activities.  I was curious to see Iris Van Herpen, Dutch material wizardess presenting her latest collection in Paris.  She doesn't have an official haute couture appellation but I suppose doing it off-schedule in what is a sparse and spread out 'week', is apt for Van Herpen whose work is most definitely NOT ready to wear.  In fact, wear may not apply at all for Iris Van Herpen's designs, which as far as I know don't have any stockists and it seems as her collections have progressed, the real intent of Van Herpen is to continue to research and push the levels of using unusual materials. 

There were many things you could marvel at as the show moved at a slow pace to allow the models to move properly but in particular, I was most interested in the use of 3D printing, created in collaboration with architect Daniel Widrig and the company .MGX by Materialise.  The company specialises in creating prototypes for furniture or cars and this is the first time they have engaged with a fashion designer to created these 3D printed pieces that are completely without any seams, requiring no sewing machine/handiwork. 

These pieces are generated from a .MGX file that renders a design created originally from CAD, printable.  Hence why I've shoved .MGX file in the title, imagining a time when designs could conceivably be PRINTED out to create 3-D garments – you can read more about the science of it here.  Of course the rigidness is a factor that perhaps will change in the future allowing for softer materials to also be 'printed' out making Van Herpen's work here something of a starting point from which further exploration needs to be carried out. 









In other collaborative efforts, Van Herpen worked with Stephen Jones to create six hats that represent the five senses and an additional 6th sense.  I particularly loved the speaker box hat that had sound trailing out of it, running in tandem with the main soundtrack.  Plus it's also wonderful to know that when Van Herpen approached Jones to work with her at his exhibition at the Momu in Antwerp, he had already known about her work – good to know that the big guns keep track of what's going on across the board…



Van Herpen is also working with United Nude again with the scattered plastic embellishment created by artist Bart Hess…



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  1. gabrielle

    2011-01-26 at 6:10 PM

    that jacket and skirt are insane. like actually pieces of architecture. reminds me of the furniture at MoMA.


    2011-01-26 at 6:13 PM

    I absolutely adore the jackets, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so fantastic.

  3. Tania

    2011-01-26 at 6:19 PM

    That’s amazing, like living sculpture. I can see something of Zaha Hadid in there too, but that’s just because I’ve seen WAY too much of her work recently!

  4. ediot

    2011-01-26 at 6:36 PM

    this is so amazing.and a whole lotta work. it’s a work of art for sure. loved looking at these photos- am gonna scroll up again and look at them again

  5. Tiffany

    2011-01-26 at 6:48 PM

    wow! soo cool…
    Love, L

  6. Fashion Agony

    2011-01-26 at 6:57 PM

    I love those shoes!

  7. Sabine

    2011-01-26 at 6:57 PM

    I’m totally blown away. The most innovative and beautiful creations I’ve seen lately (okay, I might not get to see tht much, but nonetheless…)
    Hope you enjoy Paris with real life people 🙂

  8. Kira Lilly

    2011-01-26 at 7:04 PM

    the structure of these designs is incredible, im speechless

  9. Diamond

    2011-01-26 at 7:31 PM

    LOVE this creativity.
    see: The right to Apparel Choice! post at:

  10. terry

    2011-01-26 at 7:32 PM

    So inventive, such fun, even if not wearable the creative spirit is wonderful, thank you for doing such a great job bringing this information to us. So happy you step out of the mainstream fashion shows. It seems you appreciate the process as well as the not so ordinary.


    2011-01-26 at 7:38 PM

    djjjjjeeeeeeesss!! 😀
    Amazing creations 😀

  12. Susie (not Bubble)

    2011-01-26 at 7:56 PM

    How interesting! I heard about 3D printers just awhile ago from a design student I know, and I was wondering if they could be used to make clothing. I’m happy to know the answer is yes. So cool and innovative…

  13. rachel

    2011-01-26 at 8:02 PM

    Great composition!
    warmest regards-

  14. Adia

    2011-01-26 at 8:29 PM

    This is really creative and original ! 😀

  15. The Visual Jerbil

    2011-01-26 at 8:38 PM

    these designs are KILLER. you’re always snapping mind exploding finds that make me as a design student think, how in the hell could I ever think of something like this?

  16. Alice

    2011-01-26 at 8:43 PM

    You really, really would never be able to bring yourself to wear any of that, i mean, they’re sculptures that happen to fit a body. Ridiculous. Beautiful…but ridiculous. This is probably why i love fashion. 🙂

  17. Neda

    2011-01-26 at 9:10 PM

    I appreciate designers that incorporate inspiration from our current humanity; architecture may be the focaiity in terms of this. Ofcourse, it would seem irrelevant to wear this garment, however if owning such a creation, your idealy holding a piece of art, a very precious piece of art. The composition of the enire collection was only to be described as sculputral reinfinement; it does, also, seem surreal; a whole new dynamic has encountered. Great, GREAT post! X Neda X

  18. a la mode

    2011-01-26 at 9:16 PM

    Wow this is a fantastic idea! The top tw are my favourite. Incredible! x

  19. margief

    2011-01-26 at 9:27 PM

    these are crazy! i like the white barely- there dress that looks like a load of cotton wool

  20. Freya

    2011-01-26 at 10:08 PM

    Textures <3 I really want those shoes!! She is a true genius!

  21. thefashionguitar

    2011-01-26 at 10:18 PM

    The shoes are insane!
    xo thefashionguitar

  22. X Alex

    2011-01-27 at 1:15 AM

    Love this collection! When Sybil wrote about his previous collection, I thought it was awesome, with the sculptured leather strips that created such an interesting form. This this collection looks just as awesome even though he used a different medium. Very consistent and amazingly crafted!

  23. susie_bubble

    2011-01-27 at 1:19 AM

    Agree with all of you – I do think that her work is more object than garment but it does inspire the mind to think where the boundaries of clothes stop…
    X Alex: He is a she. Iris Van Herpen is female – but yes you’re right… her use of leather was very innovative… she’s taken it a step further with this 3D printing…

  24. Smorenterprises

    2011-01-27 at 9:21 AM

    hi love your blog heres ours http://in-thefashion.blogspot.com/ wonder if you might consider writing a small guest post thanks

  25. Duck

    2011-01-27 at 12:21 PM

    The idea of printing clothes like that reminds me of what, was it Issey Miyake?, was happening in Japan in the 80s/90s – entire garments prewoven from one tube of fabric that you could then cut out yourself and wear immediately, no sewing involved. Maybe the two processes could be combined? Just a thought….
    P.S. Good luck with the awards, you are definitely the most original!

  26. bixx

    2011-01-27 at 5:48 PM

    yes indeed. on all fronts.

  27. X Alex

    2011-01-28 at 12:48 AM

    ryn: haha yes. Indeed. Iris is a she. what was I thinking. thanks! 🙂

  28. Sourijah

    2011-01-28 at 9:28 PM

    I saw her work up close and personal at the Duth Design Week, amazing! 😀

  29. EngGirl

    2011-01-30 at 2:05 AM

    Love the pieces, but the model’s spine sticking out freaks me out.

  30. zebiah

    2011-02-02 at 12:46 PM

    Amazing constractions!!! impressive!!

  31. Carla

    2011-02-05 at 11:31 PM

    Van Herpen’s keep on getting better and better, love reading on the story behind the designs

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